Hundreds of people from Norfolk took part in peaceful protest march in London yesterday

Hundreds of Norfolk people have joined the thousands marching in London today in protest at the coalition government's spending cuts.

They were among a crowd of about 400,000 people - including young and old and families - protesting at government cuts.

The atmosphere on the march organised by the TUC was said to be largely 'good natured and friendly', but later trouble involving a group of anarchists who fought with police in central London marred the day.

Among those marching were about 100 members of the Fire Brigades Union from Norfolk, who are demonstrating against 10pc cuts on frontline services.

The FBU said that plans already declared by fire and rescue services across East Anglia show cuts of at least 250 full-time firefighters – that's more than a 10pc cut at the heart of the frontline 999 service.


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At the same time, the contracts of retained firefighters (on-call in the community) are being squeezed; 999 response standards reduced and corners being cut to try and mask the real effects on frontline emergency services.

FBU regional secretary Adrian Clarke said: 'These frontline cuts mean a more dangerous job for firefighters and a worse emergency service for the public.'

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Were you at the march yesterday? If so, did you take any photographs? Email reporter David Bale at david.bale2@archant.co.uk.

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