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Arrest at Bristol City Council budget debate

A meeting to set Bristol City Council's budget has been beset by delays after a member of the public was arrested and some councillors walked out.

Police were called when protesters against proposed cuts in council spending disrupted the meeting.

The public gallery was cleared after repeated interruptions, and Labour councillors walked out in protest at the public being told to leave.

The meeting of the Liberal Democrat-led council continues.

Police said they had arrested one person for breach of the peace during the debate on Tuesday.

The meeting, which began at 1400 GMT, was adjourned three times during the first four hours because of the disruptions.

The public have now been allowed back in.

The council's plans to cut 340 jobs during the next financial year have seen a number of protests leading up to the setting of the budget.

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