Please see the latest Briefing Note from Chief Superintendent Wingrove.
Thankyou all for your support.
Inspector Tom Cornish | Neighbourhood Policing | Southwark | AS BCU | Peckham Police Station, 177 Peckham High Street, London, SE15 5SL tel: 0207 232 6317 | internal: 726317 | mob: 07775 010409
AS – Central South
Since my last update across London we have seen a large number of unlicensed music events, block parties and gatherings, a few of which have turned violent. These are in breach of the COVID19 restrictions, are illegal and dangerous.
Our role is to keep our communities safe and we’ve had a heightened police presence out in areas where we know these events are taking place. This is in direct response to concerns expressed by our communities, many of whom were scared and shocked by the events taking place outside their homes.
In Lambeth we saw unacceptable violence towards officers on Wednesday night in Overton Road. We have also responded to unlicensed music events and large gatherings in Burgess Park, Streatham Common, and a number of other locations.
Those who committed criminal acts will be brought to justice. I’d again ask for your assistance in ensuring there is a strong message coming from all of our communities that attacking officers is not acceptable.
Officers are demonstrating professionalism, courage and dedication in disrupting what can be challenging events safely and with the protection of the public at the heart of their approach.
Whilst engagement and encouragement is very much our starting point we took the decision last night to deploy additional officers in enhanced personal protective equipment. This was as a precautionary measure for the safety of our officers after the unacceptable events in Brixton on Wednesday night and as a result of intelligence received yesterday.
A number of these events have attracted hundreds of people and virtually all were effectively dispersed by officers without incident. A small pocket of violence occurred when officers moved in to disperse a gathering which took place in W11. Objects, including glass bottles were thrown – fortunately no officers suffered injuries, but it is still unacceptable that they were again faced with violence.
Your influence can make a real difference to the events planned this weekend and we’d ask you to proactively spread the message in advance of these events not to attend and that violence and causing harm is never acceptable.
You can see my latest statement in relation to response to disorder in Overton Road here: [news.met.police.uk
Lambeth Council have issued the following statement from Cllr Jacqui Dyer, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills, and Community Safety : [love.lambeth.gov.uk
You can also see Superintendent Ian Howells and the team on reassurance patrols and meeting and talking to local residents about the incident here: [twitter.com
The link to the news release regarding the MPS being prepared for this weekend: [news.met.police.uk
Please also find the link to the Commissioner’s comments in the Evening Standard today: [www.standard.co.uk
A policing plan is in place to provide a swift response to these unlicensed events, and were are working closely with Lambeth and Southwark Councils.
We also continue to engage with key community partners as well as speaking to local residents to provide reassurance, listen to feedback, and respond to incidents and local concerns.
We thank you for the messages of support for the officers injured, and amplifying our key messages to inform the public and discourage these unlicensed events, that pose an additional health risk, from taking place.
Stop and search engagement
The Met has produce this video, now on Twitter providing an oversight of stop and search. [twitter.com
Tonight you may have seen our own Chief Inspector Annmarie Cowley on Channel Four News and other channels having arranged a workshop between new recruits from Lambeth and Southwark and two local youth workers. (We are producing a short film of this which we will share in due course). This will develop and help inform how we approach bringing young people and local officers together to discuss stop and search and learn about local communities and policing. This follows recent inputs with units such as the Violent Crime Task Force working in our boroughs, from IAG members to provide information on the local policing and community context, and involve the local community in helping to keep Southwark and Lambeth safe.
North London misconduct investigation
I also wanted to let you know how horrified and repulsed I am by the allegations that officers took inappropriate photos at the scene of the murders of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, in Fryent Gardens, Wembley. Two officers from North East Command have been arrested and suspended and the MPS is providing support to the Independent Office of Police Conduct in progressing their investigation.
Celebrating our diversity
We normally see London come together to celebrate Pride in the streets and in venues across the capital, but Pride this year will mostly take place virtually as members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies celebrate at online events in recognition of government advice. Whilst sadly we aren’t able to mark Pride in the way we would wish, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe Pride weekend and also remind the LGBTQ+ community we, the Met, are here for you.
Thank you for your continued support.
BCU Commander – Central South (Lambeth & Southwark)