Islington borough commander thanks locals following riots

A message of thanks has been issued by Islington’s police chief in the wake of the riots which swept across London last week.

A message of thanks has been issued by Islington’s police chief in the wake of the riots which swept across London last week.

Borough Commander Ch Supt Mike Wise said he has witnessed the people of the borough rallying around to support businesses affected by the looting and vandalism in the area and challenge the behaviour of those that inflicted it.

He said: “The last seven days have provided some of the most challenging circumstances in my 28 years of policing London. The level of criminality and violence has been unprecedented, but I am absolutely sure that as a community we will return decency and normality to London.

“What I and my officers have witnessed, are the people of Islington rallying together, providing support to businesses and actively challenging the behaviour of a few who seek to degrade what is normally a safe, peaceful and on the whole harmonious London borough.


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“My officers and I have also been greatly impressed by, and really appreciate the support that you have given to police officers, members of the special constabulary and Police Community Support Officers whilst they have been patrolling the borough.

“It is also important to stress that many other members of the police service including detectives and members of police staff have been working around the clock to deliver levels of policing you are now seeing.”

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He said Islington Police were immensely grateful for the support and added: “This means a great deal to my staff and I know all of them really appreciate the kind words and gestures you have all shown. I can assure you that we will not rest until those responsible for the violence and criminality are brought to justice.”

***Officers from Operation Withern are investigating the disorder and violence in Islington and other parts of London. Anyone with information should call the Major Investigation Team on 020 8345 4142 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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