Hundreds gathered in Blackpool this afternoon (June 5) as a Black Lives Matter protest took place in Stanley Park.

Protesters gathered at the Band Stand from 1pm where a number of speeches and chants took place with one person holding a sign saying 'racism is a pandemic'.

It came in response to the death of African American man George Floyd, who died after he was subjected to a neck compression at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Derek Chauvin, the police officer who kept his knee on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes, has been charged with second-degree murder.

Chauvin is also charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Three police officers who were with Chauvin - Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, who helped restrain Floyd, and Tou Thao, who stood nearby - have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

Prior to the protest, Lancashire Police confirmed a police presence would be at Stanley Park to act as a mediator between protesters and any "counter event".

Black Lives Matter protest in Blackpool

Rumours had spread on social media that vigilantes were going to turn up to police the event themselves.

But no such presence was there, and the protest went ahead peacefully as planned.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Constabulary said: "We stand alongside all those across the globe who are appalled and horrified by the way George Floyd lost his life.

"Justice and accountability should follow."