update

AL Quds March and Rally Sunday 21st August

August 21, 2011 14:57
 

There are about 375 participants of the Al Quds march and rally at Portland Place, ready to move off imminently. A reminder of the agreed route follows:

 

Duchess Street > Portland Place > Langham Place > Regent Street > Piccadilly Circus > Haymarket > Pall Mall East > Trafalgar Square.

 

News MPS Disorder Update for Businesses Friday 19th August 2011

 

Latest Information - Update

 

Policing in the London has been very much business as usual throughout the week aside from the continued engagement and reassurance activity being carried out by police and partners.

There will continue to be a substantial number of pubic order units on duty in London. These dedicated public order units will be supported by an enhanced response across all London Boroughs from officers and staff, Metropolitan Special Constabulary, Police Community Support Officers, and specialist investigative units.

The MPS response to the incidents of disorder continue to centre around:

 

Reassuring the local communities across London;

Sensitively securing the affected areas;

Pursuing those responsible for the disorder through our criminal investigations; and

Co-ordinating sufficient resources to ensure we are able to deal with any situations as they arise.

 

Arrests - Update

 

The Metropolitan Police Service has now arrested a total of 1802 people in connection with violence, disorder and looting. Of those arrested, a total of 1032 have been charged to date.

We continue to work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that cases are processed as quickly as possible. A large number of people have appeared in court and while some have already been convicted and received prison sentences, many cases have been remanded to Crown Court.

 

Investigation - Update

 

Detectives from Operation Withern are today releasing a further 39 images of people we would like to speak with in relation to the recent disorder in London.

Operation Withern's priority is to bring to justice those who have committed violent and criminal acts. As the detailed and thorough investigation progresses we will be issuing photographs of people who were in the vicinity of the disorder and who may be able to help officers with their enquiries. The images released today relate to the looting and violent disorder in Lewisham, Wandsworth, Croydon, Haringey, Lambeth, Waltham Forest, Greenwich and Tower Hamlets on Saturday 6th and Monday 8th August.

Flickr is hosting the photos so that the public can help the Metropolitan Police Service identify those who committed violent and criminal acts on London's streets.

Please visit the website address below to see if you are able to help identify anyone:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/metropolitanpolice/

You can also view the images at: http://www.met.police.uk/disordersuspects/

  

We continue to appeal for witnesses and information in relation to the disorder across London. Anyone with information relating to any aspect of the incident is asked to contact the Operation Withern incident room on 020 8345 4142.

Alternatively, if you feel unable to speak to the police direct, you can report a crime and provide information anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

 

This newsletter is being produced for the benefit of the whole of the business community. If there are any areas of advice or subject matter that you would like to see included in future issues please contact us via:

CommunitiesTogether@met.police.uk

 

Supporting businesses and the community - Update

 

There have been some excellent examples of good partnership activity on boroughs to support businesses and the wider communities that have been affected by the recent disorder. One again, we would like to thank members of the business community for their continue support of the MPS.

 

An example of some of the partnership activity taking place across London includes:

 

Camden: Volunteer Police Cadets patrolling the Camden High Street / Chalk Farm Road area that was subject to incidents of disorder last week. They received funding from B&Q DIY stores and are looking to buy and plant flowers, plants etc, to make the area look nice again, whilst shops are still boarded up.

 

Southwark: There have been additional reassurance patrols by police for local shops to provide one-to-one support and advice on how concerns can be resolved. Some shop owners have expressed concerns about shoplifters following the disorder and officers have helped by making referrals to Southwark's anti social behaviour unit for added support.                                                                           

 

Newham: Many of the businesses, who donated food, drink and rest areas for officers during the disorder have received a personal visit from the Borough Commander Sean Vickers to convey his gratitude. Visits by local Safer Neighbourhoods teams and/or the investigating officer have also been taking place to provide additional support and reassurance. Special local ward panel meetings have also been arranged for local businesses and residents, with plans being made to host a youth group meeting.     

 

Lewisham: Acting borough commander Lisa Crook has thanked local businesses for their generosity during the disorder at Lewisham. During a week of unprecedented criminality many businesses including Sainsburys, Nandos, Halal butchers, the Turkish Food Centre and the XLP Centre - an urban youth charity - donated food, drink and places of rest for officers.                                                

 

Croydon: Project YOU, which brings together uniformed youth organisations in London, including the Met’s Volunteer Police cadets, met at the Croydon Voluntary Action HQ in London Road (scene of some of the greatest damage) to paint boarded premises with inspirational words and scenes, assist with sorting and delivering items donated by members of the community to displaced residents, hand out leaflets to advertise an open community meeting in the evening and generally offer their services to small businesses in London Road.

 

There have also been daily update briefings at 11:30am for Croydon businesses in the Town Centre. These have been hosted by one of the larger landowners and led by John Rouse, Chief Executive of Croydon Council. The meetings have enabled key messages to be delivered in person both from the police and the local authority.

The daily briefings, which were welcomed by the Community Watch for Businesses, also provided an opportunity for Croydon businesses to be updated on the latest developments in the police investigation, and to discuss any learning’s that can be taken forward.

 

Haringey: Volunteer Police Cadets helped paint and decorate boarded up shop fronts on Tottenham High Road, creating a ‘Peace Wall’ as has been done in Peckham and Manchester, to help unite the community, with the help of donations from B&Q and Waitrose.

 

Lambeth: In Lambeth members of the Met’s Volunteer Police cadets distributed plants and planters donated by the local B&Q, to the worst affected and most vulnerable residents and business owners.

An investigation is currently underway following a fire reported on Tuesday in the basement of the Footlocker store, Brixton Road/ Atlantic Road, Brixton. This same building was subject to a fire during last week’s disorder. Whist the cause has not yet been determined, it is believed to be a fire that has been smouldering since last week’s disorder incidents.

 

Government Support Scheme for small and medium sized businesses - Update

 

Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs

fire that has been smouldering since last week’s disorder incidents.

 

Government Support Scheme for small and medium sized businesses - Update

 

Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) affected by the recent public disorders can now benefit from a new £20 million High Street Support Scheme.

The Government is making the funding available through local authorities to help SMEs and high streets get back on their feet following the disturbances.

The scheme will support businesses facing cash flow problems whilst they wait for insurance or other claims to be met. It will also help companies with non-refundable exceptional business expenses, and aims to help rebuild business confidence in affected areas.

 

To qualify for this support, businesses must:

 

·          be small or medium sized enterprises i.e. independents with less than 250   

      employees worldwide and an annual turnover of less than £11.2 million    

                    

·         have been based in an area affected by recent disorder between 6-11 August, and

 

·         have suffered losses as a direct result.

 

Businesses should contact their local authority to make a claim. More detailed information about the High Street Support Scheme and

other help for businesses is available at http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/

 

The Communities and Local Government website also has details of the support packages being made available for businesses:

 

http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/newsroom/1964311

British Patriot Society March and Rally

 

The March will form up at Old Palace Yard at 2pm. At 3pm the March will make its way via Parliament Square, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square and Pall Mall to its finish at Waterloo Place.  A short Rally will then take place in the vicinity of the Duke of York steps.

 

Planned Protest

 

There are likely to be 100- 200 protestors from the British Patriot Society who are holding the march and rally to call for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union and for the Government to stop Foreign Aid. 

 

The Islamic Human Rights Commission has announced that they are holding a march and rally on Sunday 21st August 2011. The march will assemble outside British Broadcasting House on Portland Place and continue along the following route: Regents Street, Haymarket and Trafalgar Square (entering via South West corner) where a planned rally will take place.

Participants are requested to assemble from 2pm with the march moving off at 3pm.

The majority of those intending to attend this event will be peaceful and law abiding. There is a possibility that this event may attract counter demonstrations which may result in low-key disruption.

It is anticipated that this event may attract interest from a variety of small groups and communities representing pro Palestinian interests.

This event is likely to attract significant numbers and lead to some travel disruption, which could impact on business interests including your own organisation. There are no road closures although businesses are advised that short term temporary road closures will take effect.

The Metropolitan Police Service is fully aware of the potential impact of any marches on the local business community. We have an appropriate and proportionate policing plan in place and are working closely with the organisors to ensure that the march moves through London peacefully and that any disruption is kept to a minimum.

Whilst a policing plan is in place you can help your business by taking a few sensible precautions. The following points are a list of considerations and are by no means exhaustive.

1. Retail premises should be suitably staffed with a prominent management presence

2. Security officers should have a visible presence at premises

3. Ensure that all members of staff are fully aware of any emergency/evacuation procedures

4. Ensure CCTV coverage is fully operational

5. Ensure that your exit doors are properly secured and that you are able to lock and secure your front door if required to do so

6. During the days leading up to the 21st of August, make sure that your staff are fully briefed, remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to security and/or police

7. If you wish to contact your local police dial 101

8. In the event of an emergency, call the emergency number 999

9. If you have any information you wish to provide to police anonymously you can contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111

The Metropolitan Police Service is committed to ensuring that this is a peaceful demonstration for all who are living in, working in, or visiting London and that it causes the minimum amount of disruption to residents, businesses and the wider public.

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

MPS Disorder Update for Businesses

August 16, 2011 19:16
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MPS Disorder Update for Businesses

Tuesday 16th August 2011

Future of daily newsletter - Update

As a result of our feedback from you, and as London returns to normal we have considered the frequency of our updates. We plan to publish on Friday to review the week and Monday to review events and issues over the weekend. We will of course keep this under review.

Latest Information - Update

Large numbers of police officers continue to be on duty in London to robustly deal with any disorder and provide reassurance.

The general picture across the Metropolitan Police Service at present is one of ‘business as usual’. There have been no significant issues overnight, and no reports of any disorder.

A similar number of officers will be available in the days ahead, and this continues to be reviewed on a daily basis.

Operation Kirkin, the Metropolitan Police Service’s response to the recent incidents of disorder, continues to support the arrests of outstanding suspects.

Arrests - Update

The Metropolitan Police Service has now arrested a total of 1685 people in connection with violence, disorder and looting. Of those arrested, a total of 985 have been charged to date.

They include:

  1. A 16-year-old boy of Hounslow, who today appears at Croydon Youth Court accused of the murder of Richard Bowes (22.10.42 - 68 years) in Springbridge Road, Ealing on 8th August; four counts of burglary and one count of violent disorder.
  2. A 31-year-old woman of Hounslow, also appears at Croydon Magistrates’ Court today charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with the above case.

We continue to work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that suspects are processed as quickly as possible.

Investigation - Update

Yesterday, Detectives from Operation Withern - the Metropolitan Police Services investigation into those involved in the disorder - released a further 46 images of people police would like to speak to in relation to the recent disorder affecting parts of London.

Operation Withern's priority is to bring to justice those who have committed violent and criminal acts. As the detailed and thorough investigation

ISSUE 8

Tuesday 16th August 2011

progresses they will be issuing photographs of people who were in the vicinity of the disorder and who may be able to help officers with their enquiries.

The images released yesterday relate to the looting and violent disorder in Tottenham, Croydon, Hackney, Wandsworth and Haringey on 7th and 8th August.

Flickr

is hosting the photos so that the public can help the Metropolitan Police Service identify those who committed violent and criminal acts on London's streets.

Visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/metropolitanpolice/

If anyone recognises individuals in the photographs, has any information about the violence and disorder that has occurred, or has their own images or footage that they would like to pass the Operation Withern officers, you should contact the Investigation Team on

 

 

020 8345 4142

.

Alternatively, if you feel unable to speak to the police direct, you can report a crime and provide information anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

The Operation Withern team includes officers from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, specialist investigators from the Public Order Branch, as well as many police support staff.

The Investigation Team has begun, and will continue, securing the often large crime scenes, retrieving forensics and going through thousands of hours of CCTV.

Whilst this will be a long-term operation, work is already underway to identify those individuals responsible.

A dedicated webpage has also gone live displaying the images of people the Metropolitan Police Service wants to speak to in connection with the serious disorder and violence that has been affecting parts of London.

http://www.met.police.uk/disordersuspects/

The same images are hosted on both Flickr and the MPS website to ensure that the public have as many opportunities as possible to help us identify those who committed violent and criminal acts on London's streets.

This newsletter is being produced for the benefit of the whole of the business community. If there are any areas of advice or subject matter that you would like to see included in future issues please contact us via:

CommunitiesTogether@met.police.uk

Supporting businesses and the community

Local boroughs continue to engage with communities across London, ensuring that

information is passed to us about suspected looters and those involved in violence. Members of the public remain supportive of the ongoing work of the Metropolitan Police Service.

Officers will continue to provide support to businesses and local communities by:

  1. Visiting shopping centres to give advice and reassure retailers.
  2. Working with Victim Support to assist with shop staff who have been traumatised as a result of looting.
  3. Conducting reassurance patrols and joint patrols with youth workers as well as a strong police presence.
  4. Giving information about how police and councils are working together, such as council provision of street cleaning and repair services to affected traders and housing estates.
  5. Visiting places of worship to provide information and to reassure communities.
  6. Attending community stakeholder meetings.

Government support for business following recent public disorder

You can view information from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills by visiting their website www.bis.gov.uk, or alternatively by following them on twitter: @bisgovuk

Work is ongoing to promote the Government’s support package, with a claims form available

to download via the

 

 

Directgov

website:

www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_198958

The following information has been taken from their website:

Making a claim for compensation

If your business has suffered loss or damage as a result of the disorder, you may be able to claim compensation.

If you have insurance, check that your policy covers riot damage. If it does, contact your insurer directly to claim.

If your insurance doesn’t cover riot damage, or you don’t have insurance at all, you may be able to claim compensation from your local police authority.

To claim, complete a claim form and send it to your local police authority. You can download this form, and find your local police authority, by

following the links on the DirectGov website: www.direct.gov.uk

You have 42 days to make a claim for compensation. These 42 days are counted from the first 'clear day' after the disorder.

Transport Concerns

For those of you in the business community who may be concerned about travel

arrangements for your staff, the latest travel advice can be found on the Transport for London website www.tfl.gov.uk

How can you and your business assist the investigation?

We would once again like to thank the many members of our business community who have been providing information to us about suspected looters and those involved in the violence. We continue to receive exceptionally positive feedback from members of the public.

We would urge you to continue helping us, including giving us any information on the identities of those wanted in connection with the disorder. As a result of the information we have received to date, including CCTV images, we have been able to make a significant number of arrests.

Anyone with information is reminded to call our incident room on

 

 

020 8345 4142.

You can continue to help us by sending information to the MPS Communities Together Strategic Engagement Team at:

CommunitiesTogether@met.police.uk

This email address is staffed 24/7 but they will not routinely respond to emails unless additional information is required.

In order to assist with the reactive investigation we ask that you continue to consider the following points:

  1. Businesses should do all they can to ensure that their premises are as secure as can be.
  2. Victims of looting can expect police to seize CCTV footage. Businesses should ensure that footage is not erased and should be kept out of sight should looters gain access to premises and take the opportunity to destroy the recording equipment.

How can your business receive more information?

In response to a request made to Commander Rodhouse, the Metropolitan Police Services (MPS) engagement lead for Businesses, the MPS introduced a 24/7 capability to receive, and where feasible, to disseminate information to businesses.

Neighbourhood Link is a community messaging service from the MPS that provides news and information about policing activity or initiatives, crime prevention advice as well as major incidents affecting your area.

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

Those who wish to make a comment about the policing of the disorder can do so online at www.met.police.uk/contacts/

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

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

Should your business remain open?

Unless a business premises is declared a crime scene, it will remain the trader’s decision as to whether they remain open or not.

When to contact the Investigation Team

Please be reminded that you should only contact the Operation Withern Investigation Team number

 

 

(020 8345 4142)

if you have specific information about those individuals who have been involved in the violence and disorder that has occurred across London over the past few days.

How can my business help protect itself?

Helpful ‘Crime Prevention’ advice has already been shared. This can be found on our website

at www.met.police.uk. You may wish to take the following precautionary measures:

1. Where possible retail premises should be suitably staffed with security guards.

2. Ensure staff report any suspicious activity to security and/or police.

3. Consider regular checks of the building and surrounding area.

4. Identify areas that are vulnerable to forced entry.

5. Make sure all service doors are kept locked and secure when not in use

6. Ensure your CCTV system is fully operational.

7. In case of an emergency is there a record of the names of keyholders who can be contacted.

8. Consider removing high value goods from display windows overnight.

9. Consider keeping as little cash as possible on the premises.

10. Ensure that your premises are secure and if fitted your alarm systems are fully operational.

11. In the event of a situation that does not require an emergency police response, call 101.

12. In the event of an emergency, call the emergency number 999.

In addition we would ask all businesses to consider their local environment. Where rubble, builders skips, flammable liquids, gas canisters are visible these should be locked away or removed completely from the area. It would also aid some investigations if lighting in the area is well maintained and working, with

brightness levels set to higher levels than normal.

Fire Risk

Fires can be used as a tactic to provide a focal point for protesters seeking to attract extensive media attention. They can also be used to destroy evidence of criminality and distract emergency services, drawing them into confrontational situations.

Fire risk assessment and arson prevention arrangements should be reviewed accordingly. Simple good housekeeping measures such as the removal of any flammable and combustible materials stored adjacent to the premises, for example, stacks of pallets or waste materials, can reduce risk as these items can be easily ignited and any fires started in them can quickly spread to your building.

Ensure that first aid fire fighting equipment and extinguishers are maintained and available to deal with any small fires. Staff should be properly trained to use any equipment provided and instructed to avoid unnecessary risk. If there is any doubt, evacuate all persons from the building immediately.

Reduce the storage of flammable materials and stock near to windows and entrance.

Particular attention should be given to arrangements to secure the safety of staff and customers from fire. Fires started using accelerants such as petrol bombs can spread very quickly, cutting off escape routes.

Accelerants can cause very rapid fire spread and increase the risk that the entire building will

become involved in fire, especially where there is a delay in any fire service response due to the securit y situation.

Past experience suggests that in these situations some people consider remaining on their property to protect it from looting and damage. However, due to the risk of rapid fire spread, this can be extremely hazardous and has led to fatalities in previous events.

Refuge in the upper floors of a building that has been targeted should be avoided as it is easy to become trapped.

For information surrounding fire safety and prevention, as well as the response from the London Fire Brigade to the disorder, businesses are advised to visit the website

www.london-fire.gov.uk

or follow their tweets on Twitter @Londonfire

How can businesses report a crime?

In an emergency always call 999, otherwise you can contact us by:

  1. Calling 101 to report a crime that has already happened, seek crime prevention advice or make us aware of any policing issues in your local area;
  2. Via our website at www.met.police.uk;
  3. Via your local police station; or
  4. By speaking to your local Safer Neighbourhoods team.

If you find that your Business has been damaged by disorder then you must ensure the police are called at the earliest opportunity. It is vital that you preserve the premises, and don’t touch or move anything if possible so we can consider any forensic opportunities.

If the matter is urgent then you should ring 999 or otherwise the new 101 number. A police officer will attend and discuss with you the best course of action for us to secure evidence to afford us the best chance to catch the criminals and the timescales to get your business back up and running at the earliest opportunity.

If your Business is behind police cordons or otherwise secured by us then you should contact the investigation team on

 

 

020 8345 4142.

sent on behalf of Commander Steve Rodhouse, the Metropolitan Police Service's engagement lead for Businesses, for your information and onward dissemination.

MPS Disorder Update for Businesses

August 14, 2011 12:39
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MPS Disorder Update for Businesses

Sunday 14th August 2011

Latest Information - Update

Large numbers of police continued to be on duty across London last night to robustly deal with any trouble and provide reassurance. The general picture across the MPS at present is one of ‘business as usual’. There have been no significant issues overnight and no reports of any disorder.

A similar number of officers will be in the streets if London tonight. This will be reviewed on a daily basis.

Operation Kirkin continues to support the arrests of outstanding suspects.

Investigation - Update

The Metropolitan Police Service has now arrested a total of 1401 people in connection with violence, disorder and looting, and recovered a variety of stolen goods including TV’s and mobiles. 808 of these have been charged.

They include:

  1. A 25-year-old man has been charged with handling stolen goods, namely consumer electrical goods to the value of approximately £40,000 belonging to Dixons Retail Group. He appeared in custody at City of Westminster Magistrates on 11 August and was remanded to reappear at Highbury Magistrates Court on 17 August.
  2. Detectives from Operation Withern investigating the large fire at Reeves Furniture store in Reeves Corner, Croydon, as part of the disorder in the area on Monday 8 August made a fourth arrest on Saturday 13 August. We have previously arrested three people in connection with the incident.
  3. Officers from Bromley have arrested five men and recovered a substantial amount of property believed to have come from the looting earlier this week, including a large plasma TV, designer clothes, and other electrical items. The arrests took place on Friday 12 August when officers stopped and searched a suspicious vehicle. The TV, computer game consuls and games were found in the boot. Searches were then carried out at residential addresses, where further electrical goods, designer clothes, and other property were recovered.
  4. Seven people were arrested on Saturday 13 August in connection with the disorder in London following raids across Tower Hamlets and Islington. This was a pro active intelligence led operation, as part of Operation Withern, to recover stolen property and arrest those involved in recent incidents in Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

 

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Sunday 14th August 2011

We are ensuring that suspects are dealt with quickly. Significant numbers of these have been remanded in custody to appear at Crown Court.

This newsletter is being produced for the benefit of the whole of the business community. If there are any areas of advice or subject matter that you would like to see included in future issues please contact us via:

CommunitiesTogether@met.police.uk

Supporting businesses and the community

Local boroughs continue to engage with communities across London and providing information to us about suspected looters and those involved in violence. Police on the street are getting exceptionally positive feedback from members of the public and boroughs have received many emails and letters of thanks.

We continue to provide support to businesses and local communities by:

  1. Visiting shopping centres to give advice and reassure retailers.
  2. Working with Victim Support to assist with shop staff who have been traumatised as a result of looting.
  3. Reassurance patrols and joint patrols with youth workers as well as a strong police presence.
  4. Giving information about how police and councils are working together, such as council provision of street clean and repair services to affected traders and estates.
  1. Visiting places of worship to provide information and reassure communities.
  2. Community stakeholder meetings.

Events and Sporting Fixtures - Update

Yesterday’s London football fixtures passed without incident.

The following events are scheduled to take place today:

  1. The Surrey Classic Road Race will take place today involving about 140 professional cyclists racing on closed roads in South West London and Surrey. For further details please see: www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/20027.aspx
  2. Beach Volleyball -Olympic test event at Horseguards Parade, involving Olympic teams. This event is scheduled to finish at 10pm.
  3. Badminton World Championships at Wembley Arena.
  4. Protest against Indian Corruption/Poverty at the Indian High Commission, Aldwych at 10.30am.
  5. Elephant and Nun Static Festivals at Peckham and Camberwell from 11am.
  6. Pakistani Independence Day celebrations at Green Street.
  7. Pakistani Independence Day celebrations at Southall Town Centre at 4pm.
  8. Pakistani and Indian Independence Day events at Ilford Lane from 6pm.

The MPS has not asked for all major events in London to be postponed. Any request for advice by event organisers is assessed locally and local decisions made.

Working with the Premier League - Update

We would like to thank the support of the various football clubs in London who used their PA systems during yesterday’s matches to broadcast messages of support for communities and police, and their disapproval of violence and disorder.

Government support for business following recent public disorder

You can view updated information from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills by visiting their website www.bis.gov.uk, or alternatively by following them on twitter: @bisgovuk

Work is ongoing to promote the Government’s support package, with a claims form available to download via the

 

 

Directgov website:

www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_198958

The following information has been taken from their website:

Making a claim for compensation

If your business has suffered loss or damage as a result of the disorder, you may be able to claim compensation.

If you have insurance, check that your policy covers riot damage. If it does, contact your insurer directly to claim.

If your insurance doesn’t cover riot damage, or you don’t have insurance at all, you may be able to claim compensation from your local police authority.

To claim, complete a claim form and send it to your local police authority. You can download this form, and find your local police authority, by

following the links on the DirectGov website: www.direct.gov.uk

You have 42 days to make a claim for compensation. These 42 days are counted from the first 'clear day' after the disorder.

Transport Concerns

For those of you in the business community who may be concerned about travel arrangements for your staff, the latest travel advice can be found on the Transport for London website www.tfl.gov.uk

How can you and your business assist the investigation?

We would once again like to thank the many members of our business community who have been providing information to us about suspected looters and those involved in the violence. We continue to receive exceptionally positive feedback from members of the public.

We would urge you to continue helping us, including giving us any information on the

identities of those wanted in connection with the disorder. As a result of the information we have received to date, including CCTV images, we have been able to make a significant number of arrests.

Anyone with information is reminded to call our incident room on 020 8345 4142.

You can continue to help us by sending information to the MPS Communities Together Strategic Engagement Team at:

CommunitiesTogether@met.police.uk

This email address is staffed 24/7 but they will not routinely respond to emails unless additional information is required.

Disorder Suspects Wanted

You can also help us by assisting in the identification of people that have been looting, rioting and committing crime.

Alternatively you can call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on

 

 

0800 555 111.

We also continue to publish images of people wanted in connection with the disorder. You can find the pictures at:

www.flickr.com/photos/metropolitanpolice/

Visit the link to see if you recognise any of the people we wish to speak to.

The CCTV images released can be seen at www.met.police.uk/disordersuspects

In order to assist with the reactive investigation we ask that you continue to consider the following points:

  1. Businesses should do all they can to ensure that their premises are as secure as can be.
  2. Victims of looting can expect police to seize CCTV footage. Businesses should ensure that footage is not erased and should be kept out of sight should looters gain access to premises and take the opportunity to destroy the recording equipment.

How can your business receive more information?

In response to a request made to Commander Rodhouse, the Metropolitan Police Services (MPS) engagement lead for Businesses, the MPS introduced a 24/7 capability to receive, and where feasible, to disseminate information to businesses.

Neighbourhood Link is a community messaging service from the MPS that provides news and information about policing activity or initiatives, crime prevention advice as well as major incidents affecting your area.

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

Those who wish to make a comment about the policing of the disorder can do so online at www.met.police.uk/contacts/

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

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

Should your business remain open?

Unless a business premises is declared a crime scene, it will remain the trader’s decision as to whether they remain open or not.

When to contact the Investigation Team

Please be reminded that you should only contact the Operation Withern Investigation Team number

 

 

(020 8345 4142)

if you have specific information about those individuals who have been involved in the violence and disorder that has occurred across London over the past few days.

How can my business help protect itself?

Helpful ‘Crime Prevention’ advice has already been shared. This can be found on our website

at www.met.police.uk. You may wish to take the following precautionary measures:

1. Where possible retail premises should be suitably staffed with security guards.

2. Ensure staff report any suspicious activity to security and/or police.

3. Consider regular checks of the building and surrounding area.

4. Identify areas that are vulnerable to forced entry.

5. Make sure all service doors are kept locked and secure when not in use

6. Ensure your CCTV system is fully operational.

7. In case of an emergency is there a record of the names of keyholders who can be contacted.

8. Consider removing high value goods from display windows overnight.

9. Consider keeping as little cash as possible on the premises.

10. Ensure that your premises are secure and if fitted your alarm systems are fully operational.

11. In the event of a situation that does not require an emergency police response, call 101.

12. In the event of an emergency, call the emergency number 999.

In addition we would ask all businesses to consider their local environment. Where rubble, builders skips, flammable liquids, gas canisters etc are visible these should be locked away or removed completely from the area. It would also aid some investigations if lighting in the area is well maintained and working, with

brightness levels set to higher levels than normal.

Fire Risk

Fires can be used as a tactic to provide a focal point for protesters seeking to attract extensive media attention. They can also be used to destroy evidence of criminality and distract

emergency services, drawing them into confrontational situations.

Fire risk assessment and arson prevention arrangements should be reviewed accordingly. Simple good housekeeping measures such as the removal of any flammable and combustible materials stored adjacent to the premises, for example, stacks of pallets or waste materials, can reduce risk as these items can be easily ignited and any fires started in them can quickly spread to your building.

Ensure that first aid fire fighting equipment and extinguishers are maintained and available to deal with any small fires. Staff should be properly trained to use any equipment provided and instructed to avoid unnecessary risk. If there is any doubt, evacuate all persons from the building immediately.

Reduce the storage of flammable materials and stock near to wi ndows and entrance.

Particular attention should be given to arrangements to secure the safety of staff and customers from fire. Fires started using accelerants such as petrol bombs can spread very quickly, cutting off escape routes. Accelerants can cause very rapid fire spread

and increase the risk that the entire building will become involved in fire, especially where there is a delay in any fire service response due to the securit y situation.

Past experience suggests that in these situations some people consider remaining on their property to protect it from looting and

damage. However, due to the risk of rapid fire spread, this can be extremely hazardous and has led to fatalities in previous events. Refuge in the upper floors of a building that has been

targeted should be avoided as it is easy to become trapped.

For information surrounding fire safety and prevention, as well as the response from the London Fire Brigade to the disorder, businesses are advised to visit the website www.london-fire.gov.uk or follow their tweets on Twitter @Londonfire

How can businesses report a crime?

In an emergency always call 999, otherwise you can contact us by:

  1. Calling 101 to report a crime that has already happened, seek crime prevention advice or make us aware of any policing issues in your local area;
  2. Via our website at www.met.police.uk;
  3. Via your local police station; or
  4. By speaking to your local Safer Neighbourhoods team.

If you find that your Business has been damaged by disorder then you must ensure the police are called at the earliest opportunity. It is

vital that you preserve the premises, and don’t touch or move anything if possible so we can consider any forensic opportunities.

If the matter is urgent then you should ring 999 or otherwise the new 101 number. A police officer will attend and discuss with you the best course of action for us to secure evidence to afford us the best chance to catch the criminals and the timescales to get your business back up and running at the earliest opportunity.

If your Business is behind police cordons or otherwise secured by us then you should contact the investigation team on

020 8345 4142.

From: MPS Communities Together Strategic Engagement Team - CTSET

Key Youth messages 12.8.2011

August 13, 2011 15:06
 

Key Youth messages 12.8.2011

1. Recent events were pure criminality, causing harm and damage to innocent local people and places, and we will pursue those responsible through the courts.

2. We support the 99% campaign, in the belief that the majority of young people do not commit serious or violent crime.

3. We work with local communities through our Safer Neighbourhoods teams, schools and partner organisations to respond collectively to issues involving young people.

4. We are actively involved in supporting and developing young people through programmes such as the Volunteer Police Cadets and other organisations.

       5. Young people need support to develop into responsible adults, and you can help by volunteering. To find out more go to: www.youlondon.org.uk and www.do-it.org.uk

From: Met Police Communities Together Strategic Engagement Team - CTSET

 

MPS Disorder : Update for Businesses

August 11, 2011 10:07
 

Please see attached in relation to news and updates. Further information is also available through the Metropolitan Police website. 

http://content.met.police.uk/News/Disorder-updates-and-advice/1260269372559/1257246741786

 

 

 

 

Please find two useful links from the Metropolitan Police Service website giving updates about the recent disorder and practical advice as to how to reduce risk to your premises.

 

 

http://content.met.police.uk/News/Disorder-updates-and-advice/1260269372559/1257246741786

 

 

 

 

http://content.met.police.uk/News/Update-and-advice-for-businesses/1260269396125/1257246745756

The Metropolitan Police Service has dealt with several incidents of 'copycat criminal activity' across London which has resulted in over 200 arrests for criminal offences. The MPS is aware of the impact this is having on the business community and is making every effort to combat further criminal activity by increasing the levels of high visibility patrols across London.

Criminal activity is taking place across a number of areas. There is no intelligence of specific targeting of identified business premises nor is there any intelligence to suggest that Victoria is a target. The Operation Withern team is continuing their investigation to identify those people responsible for the violence, disorder and crime we have seen to ensure that they are brought to justice.

You may notice an increase in the number of police officers in your area and this should not be cause for alarm.

You may wish to take the following precautionary measures.

1. Where possible retail premises should be suitably staffed with security guards

2. Ensure staff report any suspicious activity to security and/or police

3. Consider regular checks of the building and surrounding area

4. Identify areas that are vulnerable to forced entry

5. Make sure all service doors are kept locked and secure when not in use

6. Ensure your CCTV system fully operational

7. In case of an emergency is there a record of the names of key holders who can be contacted

8. Consider removing high value goods from display windows overnight

9. Consider keeping as little cash as possible on the premises

10. Ensure that your premises are secure with shutters and if fitted your alarm systems are fully operational

11. In the event of a non emergency, call the police on non emergency number 101

12. In the event of an emergency, call the emergency number 999

13. if you have any information you wish to provide to police anonymously you can contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111

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August 09, 2011 11:57
 

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update

GSZ0808.2 PUBLIC DISORDER

August 08, 2011 18:51
 

further info regarding large group of youths in oxford st area, all shops to impliment security measures

GSZ0808.2 PUBLIC DISORDER

August 08, 2011 12:44
 

information received that a group of approx 15 males believed to be on their way to Oxford Circus area to cause public disorder, criminal damage and looting. Security to be extra vigilent. West End stores believed to be the target from information received from social networking sites.

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update

Wigmore St, W1 area road closures.

July 26, 2011 14:20
 

Wigmore St, W1 and environs are now opened again. Incident concluded. Will update if there are any significant updates.  

Wigmore St, W1 area road closures.

July 26, 2011 13:26
 

Wigmore St, W1 and surrounding roads have been closed due to a suspicious vehicle at the location. This area should be avoided. Updates to follow.

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July 19, 2011 11:58
 

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Information J30 Protests Final Update

June 30, 2011 18:05
 
The J30 march and rally has now concluded, however there will be Police resrves on duty monitoring the dispersal. Message sent by; PS Baxter Westminster CT Focus Desk

Information - J30 Protest update

June 30, 2011 17:24
 
The organised J30 march and rally went from Lincoln’s Inn Fields to Tothill Street along the route as planned. There were elements of disorder during the event where police did need to intervene and a total of 37 people were arrested. Message sent by; PS Baxter Westminster CT Focus Desk

Information - J30 Protests

June 30, 2011 16:08
 
NUT March and rally have concluded and crowd has started to disperse. Message sent by; PS Baxter Westminster CT Focus Desk

information - J30 Protests

June 30, 2011 16:07
 
There is no longer a filter cordon in place in Whitehall. Message sent by; PS Baxter Westminster CT Focus Desk

Information - J30 Protest Update

June 30, 2011 14:41
 
There is a temporary road closure in Whitehall whilst the police deal with a number of individuals not connected to the march. At present we can confirm there are no containments in place. Please be mindful of your safety and of those around you. Several members of the public and an officer have sustained injuries. Message sent by; PS Baxter Westminster CT Focus Desk

Information - J30 Protest Update

June 30, 2011 14:26
 
For information; 18 people have been arrested since this morning (30th June) for a variety of offences including possession of drugs, criminal damage and breach of the peace. They remain in custody at central London police stations. Six individuals were also arrested in Trafalgar Square overnight by officers for an alleged breach of a bylaw. They were taken to a central London police station. All six have since been released. No further breakdown of arrests is available at present. Message sent by; PS Baxter Westminster CT Focus Desk

Information - J30 Protest Update

June 30, 2011 14:06
 
Re an earlier incident a separate group of people entered the march and a number of people have been arrested. The march continues peacefully Message sent by; PS Baxter Westminster CT Focus Desk

Information - J30 Protest Update

June 30, 2011 13:02
 
A power to search persons where a serious public order problem is likely to arise or has taken place, is in force in Westminster, Camden, City of London from 0800-1700 hrs today. Message sent by; PS Baxter Westminster CT Focus Desk