Day one of #OPPROTECTOR saw large scale protests pass peacefully through Manchester
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As Manchester plays host to the Conservative Party Conference, a large scale march and subsequent rally in Manchester City Centre, planned to coincide with the start of the conference today (Sunday 3 October) has reached a peaceful conclusion.
The number of protestors reached around 10,000. There were no instances of public disorder, and no arrests.
The day began with a full briefing from GMP's Chief Constable Stephen Watson at GMP's public order training arena, where he addressed officers from GMP, Cheshire, Lancashire, and North Wales assisting in the operation.
Assistant Chief Constable Wasim Chaudhry, who is leading the operation said: "Today has demonstrated how a large number of people can come together to get their views across in a peaceful manner.
"The multi-agency security operation for the Conservative party conference will continue over the next few days, and the public can expect to see a continued large scale policing presence in and around the city centre."