Tuesday, 9 August 2011

"CIVIL UNREST" August 2011- from the Borough Commander

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Update from Borough Commander - Redbridge Borough - Chief Superintendent Sue Williams

Yesterday (Monday 8th. August) Ilford High Road was subject to large scale "copycat" disorder. We received information that there might be an attack on The Exchange Shopping Centre in Ilford. Police were sent to the High Road to increase the presence and reassure the local community.

From 4pm Police observed small groups of young men gathering on the High Road. The small groups merged into larger groups and headed towards the police station and the end of the High Road. This was caught on CCTV and by Police on video. Police stopped and searched many of the youths.

The groups were dispersed by the Police however a number of shop fronts were damaged and shops broken into.

The local community will not tolerate this mindless criminality and we are doing everything in our power to take quick and decisive action to take control of the streets. The targets of this criminal behaviour have been phone shops, sports stores and jewellers.

There have been 10 arrests to date and 3 charged but we would ask the community to bear with us while investigations are underway to identify the suspects. We are currently using CCTV and will ensure all the culprits are brought to justice. Rest assured we will use all means available to identify offenders and deal with them. I have utilized all my resources today to tackle any further disorder should it occur and we will deal with normal policing across the Borough to keep our community safe.

I am encouraging the Business Groups and our Partners to work with us to resolve this situation.

We urge our local communities to join us in condemning the actions of this violent minority and report any information about those responsible to police. Information can be passed to police anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Kind Regards
Sue Williams
Borough Commander



  1. Overnight update
    7am 10th August 2011

    Last night London did not see the levels of disorder we saw the previous night. Large numbers of officers on the streets prevented incidents occurring.

    The MPS has had the largest policing operation since the start of the disorder. Mutual aid was received from 26 forces across the country. 16,000 officers were deployed over the last 24hrs.

    We will continue with similar numbers of officers on the streets of London tonight. This will be reviewed on a daily basis.

    The Metropolitan Police Service has now arrested a total of 770 people in connection with violence, disorder and looting. So far 171 people have been charged for a range of offences and we have already started to place people before the courts. 109 prisoners will have been processed through courts overnight. 40 of these have been remanded in custody to appear at Crown Court. 25 of the 109 were juveniles aged 11-15yrs.

    The MPS released 20 CCTV images of wanted people. Following this appeal we have already begun to identify the individuals.

    A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of starting the large fire at a furniture store in Croydon. The family-run House of Reeves business was burnt down on Monday evening.

    Those involved in criminality should be under no illusion that we will pursue you. We have been making arrests all evening and have a team working during the night examining CCTV images. We will follow up evidence in the coming days in order to bring anyone else responsible for criminal acts to justice.

    Officers and staff continue to work long hours at short notice in very challenging circumstances.

    We continue to have the plans and resources in place to respond to any further disorder, deal with normal policing across the city and keep Londoners safe.

    At 1500 hours today, Commander Rodhouse will be chairing a meeting hosted by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The purpose of the meeting is to expand on discussions from a previous meeting with business leaders, as well as seeking feedback on the measures that have been implemented so far. In attendance will be senior representatives from business groups including the Business Retail Consortium, Association of British Insurers, CBI and British Chamber of Commerce, along with Mark Prisk MP, Minster of State for Business and Enterprise, and representatives from London Councils, the Greater London Authority and the Metropolitan Police Authority.

  2. Watching the riots from abroad, it was interesting to see what was reported and how it was reported.

    There was one interview (on the second night) that I bet the UK never saw: with a chap on the streets of Hackney, who said “Last night we saw what the Tottenham lads could do, tonight we’re gonna show ‘em what the ‘Ackney boys can do”.....
    - So now (I thought) we’ve got competitive rioting! Perhaps they should turn it into an Olympic sport...at least we might stand a chance of winning something there. [How sad is that?]
    Also, it was interesting to see how the media STILL manipulates....
    I saw the trouble in Walthamstow and Waltham Forest (which, I am told, was scantily covered in the UK media) and knew Nothing of the troubles in Stratford – which, they tell me, was Not TV-covered [apart from one swift-disappearing strap-line on a Sky News bulletin].

    Mmmm. Stratford silence. Do you think it might be something to do with the Olympics? [Don’t want to frighten the servants].

    Central Op Withern Investigation Team number is 020 8345 4142

    Redbridge Police Investigation Team
    At Ilford Police Station 020 8345 2764

    Redbridge Police have released CCTV images of people that they want to speak to in connection with the disorder

    If you do recognise somebody from these images do not approach them please contact Redbridge Police with the information on 020 8345 2764 or email here or alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

    How can you receive more information?

    You may wish to consider subscribing to the official police messaging system 'Neighbourhood Link'. To subscribe to this service please visit: www.neighbourhoodlink.met.police.uk

    You can also follow live updates from the Metropolitan Police via Twitter on www.twitter.com/metpoliceuk

    Regular updates will also be published on the MPS website www.met.police.uk

    And on the Redbridge Borough web page www.redbridge.gov.uk

    In the event of an emergency, call the police on 999. If you do not require an emergency police response, please call 101.

  4. It's been brought to my attention that the police are required by law to pay for all the riot damage ...


  5. Yes, indeed, Knowsie, but the P.M. (just call me "Dave") announced during the Parliamentary "Recall" Session that such Damages are to be 'made good' for Policing Budgets by a wodge of the Government's (i.e. us Taxpayers') money being paid over to Police Services.