Local police help at London riots

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OFFICERS from Cambridgeshire have been assisting the Metropolitan Police to deal with incidents of violence and disorder in London.

A Police Support Unit of 25 officers was sent to the capital yesterday (Monday) and returned to the county this morning (Tuesday).

Deputy Chief Constable John Feavyour said: “The force is monitoring the situation in London and other parts of the country. At this time there is no information to suggest there is any threat to Cambridgeshire but we have contingency plans in place.

“Our message is clear, there is no threat to the people of Cambridgeshire or local businesses and people should carry on with business as usual.

“As part of our national mutual aid arrangements we have provided support to the Metropolitan Police and are planning what other resources we can offer over the coming days.

“We understand there may be concerns and feelings of vulnerability within a number of communities and are working closely with our partners and community leaders to address those concerns. Patrols in the city have been increased as a precaution.

“Violence, disorder and any other criminality will not be tolerated in Cambridgeshire and we will deal swiftly and robustly with anyone who uses the emerging issues in London as an excuse to break the law in this county.”