Further to Question No: 2016/3935 'West Ham and the Olympic Stadium'
'Are you satisfied about the policing and security arrangements for West Ham home games at the Olympic Stadium?'
Your response being:
'The vast majority of fans who have been to the Stadium in the past few months have behaved impeccably. Sadly a very small minority have not, but they have been dealt with through life time bans and, where appropriate, arrests.
The last few games have passed without incident inside the Stadium and the LLDC will continue to work with the MPS, the stadium operator LS185, West Ham United and the London Borough of Newham to provide all spectators with the safest and most enjoyable experience possible.
I am confident that the MPS has a proportionate policing plan in place, to ensure they meet their core policing responsibilities. The police operation is complimentary to that of the stadium operators, and other partners and the policing plan is based upon an assessment of threat, risk and harm, and is consistent with national grading of the threat of crime and disorder associated with football matches.
I am pleased that on 8th August 2016, West Ham agreed to install a suitable Airwave radio system which, once installed, will enable police deployments within the stadium.'
And further to Question No: 2016/3914 'Security and safety at the Olympic Stadium'
'Chris Allison, a former Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner, has been appointed by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) after violent scenes at West Ham football matches to help with security. Is his pay being reimbursed by West Ham United FC or does it fall on the LLDC and thus the taxpayer to meet?'
your response being:
'As the owners of London Stadium, E20 Stadium LLP, a joint venture between LLDC and Newham Council, are responsible for security arrangements at the venue and, therefore, meeting the costs of Chris Allison's short term consultancy work.
The safety and security of spectators at all events held at the Stadium is paramount and the venue's unrivalled ability to host a wide range of different events can pose particular challenges.
Chris Allison is a highly experienced former Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner with unrivalled expertise in major event and football policing, and familiar with the Stadium from his work as the London 2012 National Olympic Security Coordinator and security advisor to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. His expertise will be invaluable in helping ensure that all events at the Stadium pass off safely.'
As violent incidents have continued to occur, not the least between Chelsea and West Ham supporters during the clubs' EFL Cup derby , requiring riot police to intervene as fans scuffled inside and outside the 80,000-seater stadium, with shocked residents of nearby flats describing the scene outside the ground as a "bomb site" and witnesses reporting fights and missiles being hurled between rival supporters at the final whistle, are you still apparently satisfied with security arrangements inside and near the stadium; and if not what do you propose to do about it?