Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Lancashire police head south to aid riot-pressed Met

Lancashire police have been drafted in to help bolster police numbers in London dealing with riots in the capital.

“Lancashire Constabulary can confirm that it is providing mutual aid to the Metropolitan Police Service during the ongoing disturbances in and around London," said Assistant Chief Constable Peter White.

“Three Lancashire Police Support Units – a total of 76 officers – have been deployed along with a Public Order Commander to assist colleagues in the Met with the operation.

“We would reassure the public of Lancashire that the Constabulary’s ability to deal with and prevent crime during this time will not be affected.

“Whilst we have not cancelled rest days or annual leave at present, we have made a decision not to approve any new requests for leave or rest days for the duration of the operation in London.”

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