BORIS Johnson has said "everybody's lives matter" as he was asked about his message to Donald Trump on behalf of Black Lives Matter protesters.

Beth Rigby from Sky News asked the PM at the daily Downing Street coronavirus briefing if he had a message to the US president who said protests for George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck, are "out of control".

Johnson said he was "sickened" by what happened.

"I would urge people to protest in accordance with the rules on social distancing," he says adding "everybody's lives matter, black lives matter."

Protesters remained outside Downing Street chanting as a limited amount of traffic passed down Whitehall on Wednesday afternoon.

Many climbed onto the window ledges of a neighbouring building as others talked with a line of police outside the gates to the street.

More than a dozen officers were inside the gates of Downing Street, watching the protesters.

A van parked nearby, as well as a building close to Number 10, have both been vandalised with spray paint.