London Riots – helpful advice and email contacts from the Borough of Camden

Email received this afternoon and I thought worth reposting:

Following the events of last night we are writing to reassure you that the Metropolitan Police and Camden Council are taking all steps to ensure that Camden’s residents, business and community organisations are protected. Activity was centred in Camden Town and the Chalk Farm area, but there were also more isolated incidents in Kilburn and in the south of the borough towards the West End.  Overall of course, Camden wasn’t nearly as badly hit as other places in London and elsewhere. Protecting residents, businesses and staff is our first priority.  Council officers and the police are working together closely both to offer community reassurance in the light of the incidents that have already taken place and to plan a response to any further disorder.

There are actions that you as faith and community representatives can take to minimise potential unrest such as encouraging members that you have contact with to be proactive in encouraging young people to be at home this evening.

The Metropolitan Police has posted advice which you may find useful at http://content.met.police.uk/News/Disorder-updates-and-advice/1260269372559/1257246741786. Clearly any precautionary measures you can take to protect your staff and premises are important in these circumstances.

If there is information that as an organisation you think that the police would benefit from seeing then please email them at: communitiestogether@met.police.uk.This email address is operating 24 hours but is only for organisations to use. Individuals should phone 101 in  non-emergency situations and 999 in emergencies.

The Social Cohesion Team is also aware that these events may be exploited to damage community relations and we are seeking to minimise any potential damage that may be done.  Should you be aware of people or organisations using language that is inflammatory or divisive then please contact charles.braddick-southgate@camden.gov.uk in confidence.

Regards,

Alison Griffin
Assistant director, Communities
Communities
Culture and Environment
London Borough of Camden

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About Holloway Rev

Paul Weary is a Methodist minister living and working in Holloway, North London.
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