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There are certain types of events that require the organiser to notify the police in advance of the event. The requirements are that if a public procession is intended to,

  • demonstrate support for or opposition to the views or actions of any person or body of persons;
  • publicise a cause or campaign, or
  • mark or commemorate an event

then advance notice must be given unless it is not reasonably practicable to do so. The notice must specify,

  • the date when it is intended to hold the procession,
  • the time when it is intended to start it,
  • its proposed route, and
  • the name and address of the person (or one of the persons) proposing to organise it.

It must be delivered at least 6 days before the event.

If the event is not classed as a public procession then it might be still worthwhile contacting your local police station to inform them of the event in any case.

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