If possible scout out the layout of the area, identify blind alleys and similar traps and avoid them if running for cover.
Wear a hardened baseball cap – they are indistinguishable from conventional ones and do not attract attention.
A thick (spiral-bound) notebook kept in a left inside pocket of a jacket or coat will provide some protection against stabs to the heart area in an emergency but this is no substitute for a stab-proof jacket.
Be discreet in using a mobile phone – and tell news desks NOT to keep calling you to avoid attracting the attention of would-be muggers.
Don’t carry large amounts of cash – keep a £5 note and some coins as a ‘giveaway’ to muggers
Be inconspicuous – try to blend in to your surroundings and the people around you.
If you see an angry mob coming towards you or near you, get out of the way. Watch from somewhere safe.
If stones, bricks, or bullets start flying, take cover.
Be neutral – never say, do or wear anything that suggests you are part of the demonstration, or that you disagree with the demonstration.
Always have your Press Card with you. This is in case the police think you are a demonstrator, or the demonstrators think you are a scab or spy for the police.
If you are attacked, or if you see a colleague attacked, get the name and address of two or three witnesses who saw what happened – but only if it is safe to do so.