A lot of spin has been put on the issue of police numbers by Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson this morning, with an attempt to claim numbers will not go down in the light of recent violence.
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Along with you, our friends and neighbours in Stockwell, we are appalled at the recent events of looting and violence across London and the UK.
We hope that your business, homes and property remain safe,
but in an emergency only please:
For non-emergencies, call 101
To report information about the current unrest,
call the Met incident room on 020 8345 4142.
Alex Bigham, Imogen Walker, Pete Bowyer
Monday, 8 August 2011
"Brixton is quickly returning to normal after last night’s disgraceful looting and disorder. Let’s be clear about one thing first: this was no re-run of 1981. What we saw last night was a mob of mainly young people taking advantage of the violence in Tottenham the night before to stage copycat activities so they could break into local shops. They targeted businesses selling mobile phones, video games, electronic goods including plasma screen TV sets, and sports clothing. It seems they used social media to move quickly in an attempt to out-run the police. There is universal condemnation from across the community this morning for what was nothing more than criminality and opportunistic theft.
I went on a walkabout around Brixton first thing and saw the clean-up operation in full swing. The damaged shops are being secured. Broken glass and litter – some of it left over from the Brixton Splash event yesterday afternoon – was being cleaned away. The Council is working with businesses and the police to make sure our town centre is restored to normal working as quickly as possible."
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