Activists held in tuition fee demos
More than 150 people were arrested as police clashed with activists during a third day of violent protests against plans to raise student tuition fees.
Thousands of young people incensed by the threat of substantial debts at the end of their university education took to the streets in a series of organised protests across the UK on Tuesday.
Scotland Yard said a total of 153 people were arrested in the capital, while MPs debated the potential impact of the changes in Westminster.
However, the vast majority took part in peaceful marches, occupations and vigils up and down the country.
In London, a group of around 200 demonstrators were involved in a heated stand-off with police after congregating in Trafalgar Square at the end of the protest. Graffiti was daubed on public statues and fires lit at the base of Nelson's Column as missiles were thrown at riot police.
A police spokesman said 146 people were arrested after numerous requests from officers for the group to disperse - 139 for breach of the peace and seven on suspicion of violent disorder.
Earlier in the day, two people were arrested for public order offences, one for common assault, one was arrested for obstructing police and three people were arrested for criminal damage.
In Bristol, 10 people were arrested as police were pelted with mustard when thousands of students from both universities in the city marched.
Demonstrations, marches, occupations and vigils also took place in Sheffield, Belfast, Cambridge, Brighton, Newcastle, Bath, Nottingham and Cardiff.
MPs are expected to vote before Christmas on the Government's proposals to increase the cap on tuition fees from £3,375 to as much as £9,000 a year.