The policing operation in East Leicester will continue over the weekend – with one clear message from the force: we will not stand for trouble on our streets.
Following evenings of calm on the city’s streets this week, the proactive and high-visibility patrols will continue all over the weekend and into next week, ahead of the start of Navratri on Monday.
Specially trained officers will be on duty over the weekend, to be best placed to attend reports of gatherings and to quickly disrupt any violent behaviour.
Temporary Chief Constable Rob Nixon said: “What happened in East Leicester last weekend is not what we want on our streets – and we won’t tolerate it.
“The tensions being felt by the communities are very real and are multi-faceted in their origins, but one thing is clear and that is that violence is not the answer.”
This week, following the disorder at the weekend, saw the Home Secretary, Suella Braverman visit force headquarters, meeting with some officers who were on duty when the disorder broke out at the weekend.
Chief officers also attended a community meeting this week, hosted by Leicester City Council and the city Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby. It was at this meeting it was agreed a review would be undertaken into the circumstances leading up to the tension and into the events that led to the disorder. Independent experts will be sought to offer their insights into how the council, force and communities might learn from what led to the incidents and what can be done at a local level to ensure it does not happen again.
Mr Nixon continued: “The response to this disorder is a multi-agency one – while it’s my officers on the front line, dealing with the violence first hand – the wider response, with the community leaders, faith leaders, local authority and the force to work together to address what is at the root of this unrest.
“We want to make sure this doesn’t happen again, and addressing the root cause of these issues within our community will be key to this.”
Investigations into all the crime reports we’ve received to date are being carried out by a 50-strong investigation team who are working around the clock collating all the evidence, reviewing CCTV, Body Worn Video from officers and imagery submitted to us. Statements from victims and witnesses will be gathered, and files of evidence will be put before the Crown Prosecution Service.
“This will take some time,” said Mr Nixon. “At this point we have 158 crimes and over 6000 hours of Body Worn Video, CCTV and social media videos to review. This will all take time as it’s imperative it is done thoroughly to ensure those responsible are brought to justice for their crimes.”