Lancashire bobbies to assist with London riots

Police arrest a man for looting in Clapham Junction in south London, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. Violence and looting spread across some of London's most impoverished neighborhoods on Monday, with youths setting fire to shops and vehicles, during a third day of rioting in the city that will host next summer's Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson)
Police arrest a man for looting in Clapham Junction in south London, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. Violence and looting spread across some of London's most impoverished neighborhoods on Monday, with youths setting fire to shops and vehicles, during a third day of rioting in the city that will host next summer's Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson)

POLICE officers from Lancashire are heading to London to assist the Metropolitan Police Service in its efforts to prevent further rioting in the capital.

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

“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.”

Morecambe and Lunesdale MP, David Morris, has today welcomed the decision: “I applaud the bravery of the officers who will travel to London. I would also like to add that I am appalled by what is happening in London.”

Mr Morris will be attending Parliament on Thursday to listen to the Prime Minister’s statement.