Merseyside Police Assistant Chief Constable Chris Armitt
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Police confident over Nato protests at Newport summit

The man in charge of policing September's Nato summit in Newport has told the BBC he is confident protests will not be on the same scale of violence that has marred some previous summits.

An estimated 9,000 officers will be drawn from every force in the UK and it is thought the total security cost could exceed £50m.

Seven to 10 days of demonstrations are planned from various groups and some previous summits, most notably Strasbourg in 2009, have seen considerable disorder.

But Chris Armitt, assistant chief constable of Merseyside Police, said plans are in place.

  • 08 Jul 2014
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