ORGANISERS of an animal rights protest in Ledbury are being urged to contact police.

Herefordshire Division’s Chief Inspector, Shane Hancock, said they wanted to speak to those planning the September 6 march to discuss health and safety issues.

“It’s normal, when any public protest is being planned, for the organisers to contact police,” he said.

“This is so that discussions can take place on a number of matters and, most importantly, so that police can facilitate a lawful and peaceful protest.”

He said that despite inquiries, police had been unable to trace the organisers.

“It’s disappointing that, on this occasion, the organisers seemed to have distanced themselves from their responsibilities. Without such contact, I can only make assumptions about their intentions and base any policing response on those assumptions.”

Chief Insp Hancock can be contacted on 08457 444888.