Local police help fellow officers in London

PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PICTURES OF THE RIOT IN TOTTENHAM TAKEN SATURDAY AUGUST 6.''Riot police patrol the streets in Tottenham, north London as trouble flared after members of the community took to the streets to demand "justice", after Mark Duggan, 29, was shot dead by police on Thursday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 8, 2011. The riots saw buildings and vehicles set alight, including two patrol cars, a police van and a double-decker bus, and shops looted as police in riot gear arrived on the scene. See PA story POLICE Shooting. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PICTURES OF THE RIOT IN TOTTENHAM TAKEN SATURDAY AUGUST 6.''Riot police patrol the streets in Tottenham, north London as trouble flared after members of the community took to the streets to demand "justice", after Mark Duggan, 29, was shot dead by police on Thursday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 8, 2011. The riots saw buildings and vehicles set alight, including two patrol cars, a police van and a double-decker bus, and shops looted as police in riot gear arrived on the scene. See PA story POLICE Shooting. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
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TWENTY four police officers from Morecambe and Lancaster joined officers from across the county to help quell troubles in London due to rioting.

They were sent to the capital last week to join a huge show of force after civil unrest engulfed the streets.

The bobbies were deployed to a number of locations across London, including Croydon and Brixton.

Despite initial estimates that they would be required for only two or three days, the Metropolitan Police asked that they stay on in case trouble erupted again.

“Obviously families back here have seen the TV coverage and are concerned for the safety of the officers,” said Lancashire Federation chairman John O’Reilly.

“But, as we know, it took a force of 16,000 police to restore calm and that is far more officers than are normally available at any one time in the capital. So other forces have responded by sending help.”

See The Visitor (17-08-11) for full story.