Thousands of people flocked to central London on Saturday to demonstrate against a potential second lockdown.

Protesters were seen holding a variety of signs, flags and placards to take part in a "we do not consent" rally.

However, the demonstration ended with clashes between officers clashed with protesters when police tried to shut the event down because crowds were not complying with social-distancing rules.

At least three protesters and one officer were treated by medical staff.

Scotland Yard said that 10 people had been arrested following the demonstration, which moved from Trafalgar Square to Hyde Park.

A total of four officers were injured, two of whom required hospital treatment, the Met Police said.

They added that the protest was stopped because crowds had not complied with social distancing and risked spreading coronavirus.

The force said demonstrators were asked to leave and warned that anyone who stayed could be subject to enforcement action.

Officers penned the crowd in Trafalgar Square and water was thrown at them by demonstrators.

Crowds are said to have chanted "pick your side" at the officers.

The rally started in Trafalgar Square

The Met Police said: "Crowds in Trafalgar Square have not complied with the conditions of their risk assessment and are putting people in danger of transmitting the virus.

"This has voided their risk assessment and we have informed the event organisers they are no longer exempt from the regulations.

"We are now asking those in Trafalgar Square to leave. Officers will be engaging with crowds and informing them of this development.

"By leaving now, you can keep yourself safe and avoid any enforcement action being taken by officers."

Ahead of an announcement by Boris Johnson last Tuesday there were fears that the UK could be heading for another full shutdown as coronavirus cases surge across the country.

However, the Prime Minister and senior ministers has reassured the public that a lockdown will be the last scenario. Instead, a raft of other measures were introduced including a 10pm curfew on the hospitality and leisure industry.