A demonstration to demand free education has ended in violence between police and student protesters after a number of arrests were made by the Met.
A number of demonstrators were involved in a scuffle in Victoria Street outside the Department of Business, Innnovation and Skills building.
Around 3.10pm, a group of protesters threw paint outside the Home Office and another group attempted to push their way in the building but were prevented by the police.
During this spell, a small number of smoke bombs and eggs were thrown at police.
Scuffles and arrests were made when the free education march passed the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).
The protest march was organised by The National Campaign Against Cuts and Fees, and is calling for the abolition of tuition fees and the retention of maintenance grants.
The London Student website reported clashes were breaking out between police and demonstrators at around 3pm.
The Metropolitan police have said here was no containment in place, and later said it made 12 arrests for public order offences.
A number of arrests for public order offences have been made and a cordon was put in place across Victoria Street at the junction with Dacre Street to prevent disorder.
The rally saw with shadow chancellor and Hayes & Harlington MP John McDonnell addressed students, accusing the government of “betraying” students.
He said: “Your generation has been betrayed by this Government in increases to tuition fees, in scrapping the education maintenance allowance and cuts in education.
“Education is a gift from one generation to another, it is not a commodity to be bought and sold.
“For generations now, one generation has handed the baton to the next, they have tried to ensure that the next generation has a better quality of life than the last.
“This Government is betraying you and future generations. You need to oppose it and I’m here in solidarity with that opposition.”
The student rally is ongoing.