A BLACK Lives Matter protest is being planned for the town centre this weekend.

There have been demonstrations in the United States and around the world following the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis on May 25.

As a show of solidarity, Earth Strike Swindon is hosting a peaceful protest, with people being asked to meet in Regent Circus at 1pm on Saturday, June 6.

Posters have been circulating on social media, with organisers adding protesters who are showing Covid-19 symptoms should not attend and PPE must be worn.

Ben-Julian Harrington, the National Police Chief Council’s lead for public order and public safety, said: “Where there are plans for mass gatherings across the UK, forces will ensure proportionate and consistent policing plans are put in place, where required.

“The rights to protest are well established in this country; however personal responsibility is now key. For those who are able to leave their homes, think carefully about where you are going and how you will be able to keep your distance from others.

"Keep in mind the purpose of the regulations and the national effort to protect the NHS and save lives.”