Eight arrested as anti-lockdown protesters clash with cops and hurl tennis balls at officers outside Downing Street

ANTI-lockdown protesters have clashed with cops in central London as demonstrators hurled tennis balls at officers outside Downing Street.

Large crowds have gathered in the capital on what had been dubbed ‘Freedom Day’ when the final coronavirus lockdown restrictions were due to be lifted.

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But Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed the date to July 19 following concerns about the spread of the Delta variant that had originated in India.

A demonstration was being held in Parliament Square and along Whitehall, according to the Met Police.

Mounted officers are also at the scene.

Protesters were also filmed hurling tennis balls at officers outside Downing Street.

“We are engaging with a crowd gathering on Bridge Street, #Westminster who are blocking traffic and being obstructive and hostile to officers,” Scotland Yard said.

“Eight arrests have been made so far. We are working to keep traffic moving and minimise disruption to the local community.”

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