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Bristol police chief accepts force was slow to correct protest injury claims

Mark Runacres says claim officers had bones broken at ‘kill the bill’ event were ‘hugely regrettable’

A police commander has accepted that his force was too slow to correct a false claim that two officers had suffered broken bones during clashes with “kill the bill” protesters in Bristol.

Supt Mark Runacres, the Bristol area commander, also said he regretted that demonstrators had been injured during a subsequent night of violence when police with riot shields, dogs and horses dispersed them.

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