Riots in London

MQT on 2011-10-12
Session date: 
October 12, 2011
Question By: 
Richard Barnbrook
British National Party
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can the Metropolitan Police advise in percentage terms how many of the rioters arrested and charged were foreign nationals?

Do you think the riots in London have dealt a blow to harmony amongst residents of the city? Do you think the riots will deter people from around the world to come and see the Olympic Games in the summer of 2012?

Would you agree that the riots and recent stabbings in various parts of London have in my opinion caused a perception amongst many Londoners that parts of London are not safe and how would you set about allaying their fears?


Answer for Riots in London

Answer for Riots in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have been informed that based on a sample size of 2,478 individuals taken on 12 September, 12 per cent of those arrested were foreign nationals.

A sample size of 1,681 people charged (out of 2,796 arrests) on 6 October showed the percentage charged who were Foreign Nationals was 13.3 per cent.

Over a period of 4 days in August 2011, London experienced unprecedented violence and criminality. The vast majority of Londoners were not a part of this and, as seen in affected areas, people came together to restore their communities.

Lessons have been learnt from the disorder that have been incorporated into the planning for the Olympics.

London is one of the safest cities in the world and we work continuously with communities to ensure we are listening to their concerns and responding to their needs.