Olympic Park

What’s going on at West Ham?

30 November 2016

Concerns have been raised over security in and around the London Stadium - formerly the Olympic Stadium – following violence and disorder at West Ham United football matches. Stewarding and segregation arrangements, and the lack of police presence in the ground have been criticised.

The wider Olympic Park is used for residential, recreational and business purposes and has a high footfall. Large numbers of people in a single space creates a range of policing and security issues: including overcrowding; public order; and protection from a terrorist attack.

The Police and Crime Committee will tomorrow discuss policing and security in and around the London Stadium, speaking with organisations responsible for the stadium and surrounding area. 


Policing and security in and around the London Stadium: 10:00am – 12:00pm approx.

The guests are:

  • David Goldstone, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Sheila Roberts, Strategic Enforcement Manager, London Borough of Newham
  • Linda Lennon, Chief Executive Officer, London Stadium 185
  • Alan Skewis, Director, E20 LLP
  • Commander BJ Harrington, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Peter Miller, Chief Operating Officer, Westfield Stratford City


The Committee will also hear from the Met about its response to the criticisms and recommendations in last week’s HMIC report on child protection[1].

HMIC’s Child Protection Inspection: 12:00pm-1:00pm approx.

The Committee will hear from:

  • Commander Nick Downing, Metropolitan Police Service


The meeting will take place on Thursday 1 December from 10:00am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. 

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the meeting discussion using #AssemblyPolice and #LondonStadium

Notes to editors

  1. National Child Protection Inspections, The Metropolitan Police Service, 1 February – 27 May 2016 - Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), 25 November 2016
  2. Full Agenda papers
  3. Steve O’Connell AM, Chairman of the Police and Crime Committee is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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