What you demonstrate is the POA is out of date. The protesters see the whole city as a target, why should the police not deal the same way?The Legislation clearly states that Section 14 applies to a particular time and place :
"If the senior police officer, having regard to the time or place at which and the circumstances in which any public assembly is being held" Public Order Act 1986
Not to a whole city for a range of dates.. I don't think the judges had much choice. That sort of restriction would be tantamount to martial law...Let's be honest these are tossers who can't use a hosepipe, not a source of imminent nationwide disaster..
"Now we have the High Court saying that they can overrule the police"
The Police should be above the law?
The police are not above the law, but is there one for protesters and a different one for police?