POLICE are warning of potential travel disruption in Taunton tomorrow (Saturday, May 1) due to "protest activity".

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson said various groups are intending to march and/or demonstrate in the centre of Taunton, Bristol and Bath from 11am.

The spokesperson added: "Officers remain committed to facilitating people’s democratic right to protest and are keen to help ensure these events take place safely.

"Under current coronavirus regulations, protest organisers must carry out a risk assessment and take all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of the virus.

"Restrictions have eased in line with falling infection rates but the virus hasn’t gone away and NHS staff are still working hard.

"Those planning events are urged to get in touch with officers who can give advice.

"Trade unionists, who have arranged a march to mark International Workers’ Day, are the only group to have been in contact with officers so far and police welcome the opportunity to work with them.

"Avon and Somerset Police recognise the rights of protestors to express themselves, but have a duty to balance these rights with those of other members of the public.

"Plans are in place to monitor and engage with those involved, including having specialist liaison officers on the ground, so that we can mitigate the disruption by keeping our communities informed."

Black Lives Matter members in Taunton say they are staging a protest in support of Kil the Bill in the Great Western Hotel car park at 12 noon tomorrow.

They are opposed to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, claiming it will limit the right to hold demonstrations.

Taunton has already had a week of traffic chaos with long tailbacks caused by roadworks associated with the new apartment block in Paul Street.