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Police horse bolts as thousands clash with police at Black Lives Matter demonstrations in London

The Black Lives Matter protest descended into chaos today as protestors launched bicycles at police horses, causing one to throw its rider to the ground. 

Footage emerging on social media shows some demonstrators purposefully rolling Boris bikes straight at a group of mounted officers, with the horses panicking from the attack.

Demonstrators in Westminster fled the scene as a runaway horse rode its police rider into a traffic light, before slamming a pedestrian to the ground as it escaped a packed Whitehall.

Met Police have confirmed the officer is now in hospital recovering from her injuries, while her horse made it back to its stables nearby on its own.

A runaway police horse injured one woman after its officer had been unseated during violent clashes between police and Black Lives Matters Protestors on Saturday

The officer (pictured) lay motionless on the floor following the incident near Downing Street on Saturday afternoon

Bicycles were thrown at the officers and their police horses during the violent scenes on Saturday

 As the runaway horse caused crowds to scatter, the unseated officer was seen lying on the pavement and needed to be escorted away from the commotion to receive treatment. 

When contacted for comment by the Mail Online, the Metropolitan Police were still waiting to hear confirmation about the officer's condition.  

The incident occured as thousands of protestors took to the streets of London to protest against police brutality, following the death of US citizen George Floyd at the hands of Minessota police officer Derek Chauvin and other members of the police.

Protestors congregated in Parliament Square and Downing Street before moving across the other locations in the English capital including Battersea and Victoria. 

The scenes on Saturday are the latest in a string of protests to have taken place throughout the week in London.

The officer was moved to the pavement (pictured) after he collided with a traffic light whilst moving at high-speed on the horse

 Black Lives Matters protestors clashed with police in central London on Saturday (pictured)

Demonstrators also congregated in Parliament Square, whilst holding signs and kneeling down on one knee

Protestors let off flares near Downing Street (pictured) on Saturday afternoon during the demonstrations 

The demonstrations occurred despite please from Government ministers, including Home Secretary Priti Patel and Health Secretary Matt Hancock, to not break lockdown regulations and attend the protests. 

Some protestors were seen wearing face masks and other means of protective equipment. 

Elsewhere in London, popular boxer Anthony Joshua attended a Black Lives Matter demonstration in his hometown of Watford. 

The heavyweight boxing champion made a passionate speech calling for the need to 'speak out in peaceful demonstrations' and not to protest with 'selfish motives and turning it into rioting and looting'. 

There have also been protests in major UK cities such as Manchester, Cardiff, Sheffield and Newcastle. 

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