Met set to ramp up policing numbers this bank holiday weekend – South London News

Ahead of what’s anticipated to be a busy May Bank holiday weekend, the Metropolitan Police power is set to ramp up policing numbers this bank holiday weekend.

Officers have stated they’ve been made conscious of plenty of folks planning to protest in central London this Saturday, May 1.

Protesting is allowed beneath Covid-19 laws however police have warned that anybody concerned within the planning certainly one of these occasions ought to make sure they adjust to the present authorized restrictions on protest gatherings.

This means they should have carried out a danger evaluation, which units out how the gathering will probably be secure and minimise the chance of individuals transmitting Covid-19.

The Met have additionally stated that Officers are at present working to forestall unlicensed music occasions which might be being organised for the weekend.

Commander Simon Dobinson stated: “This would be the first main Bank Holiday for the reason that easing of restrictions and I do know London’s streets will probably be busy with folks heading to the outlets or to the out of doors areas of London’s bars and eating places.

“We additionally know that teams will probably be coming into London to show.

“If you might be concerned in planning a protest occasion, please make sure you adjust to the present authorized restrictions on protest gatherings.

“We are nonetheless in a world pandemic and the Met urges folks to proceed to adjust to the restrictions that apply to gatherings and to observe authorities steering.

“We have tried to make contact with the organisers of Saturday’s demonstrations. It is their duty to adjust to the laws and guarantee their gathering is secure.

“Officers will probably be current to attempt to interact with protestors, to clarify the restrictions, encourage compliance and take steps to implement the restrictions whether it is mandatory to take action.

“Anyone intending to have interaction in violence or dysfunction wants to know that police we are going to take steps to forestall that behaviour.

“We is not going to tolerate assaults on our officers and employees.

“We may even take motion in opposition to any unlicensed music occasions – they’ll appeal to violence and generally is a vital danger to communities in addition to youngsters and younger folks.

“We know communities don’t want these occasions on their doorstep, I’d ask anybody with data on these occasions to report it and I’d additionally prefer to thank the members of the general public who’ve made us conscious of when these occasions are going down.

“Call us on 101 or report on-line at”


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