Lambeth Hallowe'en Riot 3

MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What steps have been taken by the police to a) reassure local residents following the events of 31st October/1st November in the Whitgift Street area and b) prevent further occurrences?


Answer for Lambeth Hallowe'en Riot 3

Answer for Lambeth Hallowe'en Riot 3

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Neighbourhood officers have been in frequent contact with community members, Ward Panel representatives and councillors since October 31. On the day after the event, senior officers conducted a walking tour of the area and spoke with residents and the community, accompanied by key representatives from Lambeth Council's Community Safety Team and the chairman of the local Ward Panel.

I understand that the council logged and followed up requests for repairs or the removal of debris. Officers have also fielded a number of direct queries from members of the public and a letter from the borough commander, Ch Supt Richard Wood, was circulated to those most severely affected.

The feedback regarding police action, both at the incident and thereafter, has been almost universally positive. All vacant premises across Lambeth are now being audited and visited by a combination of council and police staff.

Corporately, the MPS continue to conduct open source searching for possible unlicensed music events and there is a structure and policy in place to deal with any UME that are brought to the notice of the MPS.