Thursday, 11 August 2011

Latest message from Borough Commander - Welsh Officers in the Bush!

Ahead of this evening's public meeting in Hammersmith, here is the latest message to you from the Borough Commander of H&F Police. Note the reference to Welsh Police Officers patrolling Shepherd's Bush - I hope you all said Croeso i Diolch yn Fawr! (Welcome and thank-you very much - There has to be an advantage to growing up in a Welsh speaking area!)

Here's what Lucy D'Orsi has to say:

"We put an enormous amount of extra patrols on the streets of Hammersmith and Fulham yesterday in risk areas and where intelligence suggested we would maximise presence and impact. We were again supported by a number of Specials who came in in their own time to support us and also by some of our police volunteers. I really appreciate this as it frees up regular officers to be deployed in key areas on the Borough. We had a blend of uniform police officers and Detectives out proactively policing the Borough. We were also joined by officers from South Wales who some of you may have seen in the Shepherds Bush Area. Today we are supported by officers from Hampshire.

I was on patrol across the Borough yesterday and I felt that yet again we had a strong police presence across the borough well into the night. I hope you felt the same. There was also definitely a sense of business as usual amongst the community which I was pleased to see.

Last night we also arrested a number of people who were wanted for outstanding crime matters on the Borough. Some remain in custody with others being charged to court this morning. We are continuing today to track down individuals who are wanted by police and/or the courts.

I remain a supporter of social media so I am pleased to say that the pan London social media misinformation and false statements is reducing. Thank you to those of you who have helped with this and also to those of you who have been posting positive comments.

I continue to receive great comments from you all and your support has been much appreciated by my officers, some who have worked excessive hours under difficult circumstances in other parts of London.

We will continue to have a strong presence across Hammersmith and Fulham today and into this evening. We will ensure that officers are in the right place at the right time to have maximum effect. Many of you spoke to my officers yesterday, they appreciated it so I would encourage you to continue to do so.

Officers and Police Staff are proud of their achievements in ensuring your safety in Hammersmith and Fulham since disorder started last Saturday elsewhere. I am very proud of their commitment and achievements as I know that for many it has been a challenge to balance professional duties against family commitments".

The London Wide Picture

888 - total number of arrests since Saturday

371 - total number of charges since Saturday

What can you do? 

You can also help the Police by assisting in the identification of people that have been looting, rioting and committing crime.

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8345 4142. Alternatively you can call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The Police are also publishing images of people wanted in connection with looting. Follow the link below to see if you recognise any of the people we wish to speak to.


Chief Superintendent Lucy D'Orsi Hammersmith & Fulham Borough Commander

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