These dramatic new pictures show the moment an anti-austerity protester from Chester was apprehended by police during a fiery stand-off.
Kim Scott was one of two women convicted over a street bust-up outside the old Bank of England building on Castle Street, Liverpool, after a judge ruled they had refused to comply with officers’ orders to leave the area, in April, 2015.
Supporters gathered outside the former bank as 'Love Activist' campaigners staged a three-week sit-in inside the premises, with sandwiches thrown up to protesters amid tense exchanges between the crowd and patrolling police.
The 39-year-old is set to appeal, along with her friend Amanda Doyle, 27, for a court hearing scheduled for July.
Previously-unseen photographs now appear to show strained scenes and ugly scuffles in Liverpool city centre as Scott, from Chester, is taken away and handcuffed.
One image shows her being held face down on the pavement.
Another reveals her being grappled with close to a temporary soup-kitchen, where water and other provisions were being handed out.
In February, Ellie Longman, 19, and Ann Cawson, 58, were both acquitted as part of the same case at Liverpool Magistrates Court, describing themselves after the verdict as ‘ecstatic.’
Scott and Doyle were found guilty of failing to comply with a Section 35 direction excluding a person from an area.
The pair are set to appeal their conviction together.
Ms Scott told The Chronicle’s sister paper, the Liverpool Echo: “The arrest was over the top.
“Yes, I was packing up my soup kitchen slowly, but I had a duty of care to the people at the bank.
“I never refused to leave, but what was done to me when I was arrested was too much.”
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “Ms Scott was convicted of failing to comply with a Section 35 dispersal order at Liverpool Magistrates Court in March this year and sentenced accordingly.
“To date we have not received any notification or complaint from Ms Scott about the manner of her arrest.
“The dispersal zone was authorised by an inspector for the purpose of removing or reducing the likelihood of crime and disorder and all persons were given a verbal warning to leave. Those who refused to leave were cautioned and arrested.
“Merseyside Police is clear that, while we will facilitate peaceful protest, we will not tolerate criminal activity during any demonstration.
“The police received a number of calls from members of the public regarding the anti-social behaviour of some of the trespassers and people outside during their occupation of the building. This included littering, urinating from the upper floors of the building into the street below and noise and swearing.
“Extensive damage was also found to the interior of the Bank of England building.”