Police issue statement after protester chains himself to Sheffield Town Hall gates

A man has chained himself to the gates of Sheffield Town Hall today in protest at South Yorkshire Police.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 2:21 pm

Andrew Brady says his belongings, including two laptops, two mobile phones and an Xbox, were seized when he was arrested on February 16 on suspicion of harassment and threats to kill, which he denies.

The 30-year-old says he was released on bail but is still waiting for his possessions to be returned.

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Andrew Brady says he has chained himself to the gates of Sheffield Town Hall in protest at his treatment by South Yorkshire Police. The messages on his T-shirt and placards have been pixelated for legal reasons

"My life’s been on pause for five weeks and they’ve said it could take a year for me to get my stuff back, which is unacceptable,” he said.

A police spokeswoman said it was unable to confirm or deny the subject of any investigation.

She added: “We are aware of a man holding a protest in the city centre. He is exercising his right to protest peacefully and is currently acting in accordance with the Covid restrictions so no police intervention is required at this time. Officers are passing periodically to check his welfare.”