|Daily Updates from Borough Commander|
Lucy D'Orsi proud of "tremendous commitment" of officers and staff
Borough Commander Lucy D'Orsi is issuing daily updates following the disorder which reached the streets of Hammersmith and Fulham earlier this week. Here are her latest messages:
Thursday August 11
We put an enormous amount of extra patrols on the streets of Hammersmith and Fulham yesterday in risk areas and where intelligence suggested we would maximise presence and impact. We were again supported by a number of Specials who came in in their own time to support us and also by some of our police volunteers.
I really appreciate this as it frees up regular officers to be deployed in key areas on the Borough. We had a blend of uniform police officers and Detectives out proactively policing the Borough. We were also joined by officers from South Wales who some of you may have seen in the Shepherds Bush Area. Today we are supported by officers from Hampshire.
I was on patrol across the Borough yesterday and I felt that yet again we had a strong police presence across the borough well into the night. I hope you felt the same. There was also definitely a sense of business as usual amongst the community which I was pleased to see.
Last night we also arrested a number of people who were wanted for outstanding crime matters on the Borough. Some remain in custody with others being charged to court this morning. We are continuing today to track down individuals who are wanted by police and/or the courts.
I remain a supporter of social media so I am pleased to say that the pan London social media misinformation and false statements is reducing. Thank you to those of you who have helped with this and also to those of you who have been posting positive comments.
I continue to receive great comments from you all and your support has been much appreciated by my officers, some who have worked excessive hours under difficult circumstances in other parts of London.
We will continue to have a strong presence across Hammersmith and Fulham today and into this evening. We will ensure that officers are in the right place at the right time to have maximum effect. Many of you spoke to my officers yesterday, they appreciated it so I would encourage you to continue to do so.
Officers and Police Staff are proud of their achievements in ensuring your safety in Hammersmith and Fulham since disorder started last Saturday elsewhere. I am very proud of their commitment and achievements as I know that for many it has been a challenge to balance professional duties against family commitments.
Wednesday August 10
Yesterday we put an enormous amount of extra patrols on the streets of Hammersmith and Fulham. To name but a few this included Community Support Officers, Safer Transport Officers and officers from the CID, Crime Squad, Drug Squad, Intelligence Unit, Football Officers etc etc.
We were also supported by a number of Specials who came in in their own time to support us and I would like to publicly thank them for their support. You will probably have seen officers in plain clothes with hi-visibility baseball caps these are your Borough Detectives.
The police presence on the streets of Hammersmith and Fulham yesterday was very impressive. Several groups came into the Borough but were immediately stopped with many also being searched. I am also pleased to say that we charged 10 individuals last night with violent disorder and some other with other offences from Monday. They will be before the courts this morning.
I would like to use this opportunity to raise a note of caution around some of the social media that is circulating at the moment. There is some information being put out by people which is untrue and unhelpful. I have been shocked by how wide this information circulates and I cannot understand why people find it necessary to put out such factually incorrect information that will achieve nothing except make local communities fearful. Please can you use your influence to try and bring this under control locally.
Myself and Lyn Carpenter, who is a Director from the Local Authority, met with a number of people from a variety of Businesses across the Borough yesterday. We gave out a handy sheet around how to make premises safe. I have attached it to this message. I also met with some members of the community yesterday who gave me a good understanding of local feeling. Can I also say a huge thank you to those of you have written in with your support and comments it has been overwhelming and a very humbling experience. I am providing this feedback to my officers. The feedback has been really useful in framing the policing plan for the Borough.
We will continue to have a strong presence across Hammersmith and Fulham today and into this evening. We will ensure that officers are in the right place at the right time to have maximum effect. You will see local community officers on patrols please talk with them and let them know of your concerns and feelings.
Like you, I remain proud of my officers and staff. Their commitment has been tremendous. Your local officers feel passionate about Hammersmith and Fulham and want to maintain your safety and ensure that the Borough remains a great place to live, work and socialise.
The London Wide Picture
888 - total number of arrests since Saturday
371 - total number of charges since Saturday
We are also publishing images of people wanted in connection with looting. Follow the link below to see if you recognise any of the people we wish to speak to.
London - Disorder Operation Withern
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Chief Superintendent Lucy D'Orsi| Hammersmith & Fulham Borough Commander
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August 11, 2011
has issued a message to local people about the disorder which reached Hammersmith and Fulham on Monday night, with reports of fires and looting and nine people arrested for violent disorder.
She says: " 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."
August 9, 2011
police tackled outbreaks of "sporadic disorder", mainly on North End Road and the adjoining Clem Atlee Estate.
Chief Superintendent Lucy D'Orsi, Borough Commander for Hammersmith and Fulham Police is due to hold a press conference with about the overnight disorder at 12.30pm today
Elsewhere in the borough things remained calm. In Hammersmith witnesses reported hearing many police sirens, but there was no actual trouble.
In Shepherd's Bush, where Westfield had installed barricades manned by security guards at the entrance, there were reports of sirens and police on standby, but again no trouble, though Goldhawk Road was reportedly closed at midnight
In Fulham, BBC sports reporter Will Perry, who lives off North End Road, reported seeing around 50 masked teens on bikes going past his door, then setting his street on fire. He tweeted:
"Fire Brigade in Fulham tell me these people were throwing stones at them as they try to put the flames out.
"Good job team Fulham. The fire is out. Our house however stinks of smoke."
There were also reports of trouble on Wandsworth Bridge Road. Jamie247 tweeted: " Kids throw a bike under a bus to block the raid while they raided Curry's ... in Fulham!"
The violence has been condemned by local MP Greg Hands, who says: "For 14 years I have been saying London needs much tougher, New York-style policing. Now would be a good time to start."
We'll bring you more news as we receive it.
Police say Operation Withern is investigating the disorder and violence, and an incident room has been set up. Anyone with information should call
the Major Investigation Team on 020 8345 4142.
Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can contact Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.