Firework attack on Police van

MQT on 2018-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2018
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A shocking video shows more than 20 rockets flying at a police van as it travels through the Lisson Grove Estate in an attack on Guy Fawkes Night, with some ricocheting off blocks of flats and parked cars. the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association has warned members to avoid accepting fares to the area near Marylebone station in light of attacks on them. What is being done about this?


Answer for Firework attack on Police van
Firework attack on Police van

Firework attack on Police van

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In the six-month period from May to November 2018 the Met received 14 reports of theft-related offences against taxi drivers in the Lisson Grove area where the driver was present at the time of the offence. Most of these offences involved some form of distraction to enable the theft and only one involved an element of violence. Where investigative opportunities exist, further enquiries have been conducted to identify offenders and secure evidence. Four persons were arrested in June 2018 for theft from a taxi driver in this area and are currently released under investigation. Due to recent anti-social behavior in the area, Westminster police have increased patrols around Lisson Grove and are paying close attention to taxi cabs and possible suspects.