"I know a lot of you have been concerned about the level of disorder in London and how this is impacting on Hammersmith and Fulham.
As Borough Commander for Hammersmith and Fulham I would like to reassure you that we have plans in place to deal with any disorder robustly. I am personally over seeing the borough response to deal with any local disorder as well as providing support to other areas of London which have been more effected by recent events.
Sporadic incidents took place overnight which were dealt with quickly by our officers and decisive action prevented disorder spreading. We made a number of arrests for breach of the peace, violent disorder and burglary.
I am saddened to see people intent on damaging their own communities with mindless violence and criminality. We will not tolerate mindless criminality. We have plans and resources in place to tackle any further disorder, deal with normal policing and continue to work closely with our communities to asses the impact of the disorder. It is my intention to ensure that we keep our local community safe through visible and firm policing and by working closely with the Local Authority and Business Partners.
You will see an increase in uniformed officers and community support officers in the coming days.
I am enormously proud of my officers who have worked long hours in unprecedented conditions to keep the borough safe.
I would urge anyone who may have any concerns to contact me.
Community information/intelligence is invaluable during these unprecedented times. Please assist us in in condemning the actions of this violent minority and report any information however small, call on 101 or call crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please dial 999 in an emergency".
Chief Superintendent Lucy D'Orsi, Borough Commander for Hammersmith and Fulham Police.
1730 UPDATE - Shops up and down Uxbridge and Goldhawk Roads are shutting down. The Market has closed as has the W12 centre. Here's some pics and keep the updates for your fellow Bushers coming
|W12 Centre closes in a hurry|
I actually left work early - we're based in Stockwell n'r Brixton which is sadly much more likely to get hit - on my way back I was going to go for a run but the W12 centre was closed so I went to John's hairdressers on Uxbridge Rd instead. The owner, who's father came here from Cyprus and who's family has been cutting locks in the Bush since 1934 was having none of it. I asked him if he was worried. "nah" said he "I've got me broom". He's not afraid - and neither should you be.