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No further trouble on Cally after violent incidents elsewhere in London

August 9, 2011

Catherine West, Leader of Islington Council, has condemned the criminal damage and destruction

Islington police kept order and the Borough was calm last night (Monday, 8th August) whilst shocking incidents of rioting, arson and looting occurred elsewhere throughout London. On Sunday night, there had been minor attacks on shops in the Caledonian Road and Holloway Road and reports of aggressive behaviour by gangs of teenagers around the Angel.

Overnight the police have reassured residents and shopkeepers that Safer Neighbourhood teams are out patrolling as usual and rapid response teams will be also out patrolling and responding to calls from the public. Police reinforcements have been brought-in from outside London so that local police teams are not drawn away from their home patch if further major incidents occur.

The Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Catherine West, attended a civil emergencies meeting with police and fire chiefs on Monday and afterwards said she “totally condemns the criminal damage and destruction which sadly spread into Islington last night.  There can be no justification for these acts.” She thanked the police “for all their hard work in containing trouble” and added that her “thoughts were with our neighbours in Haringey as they begin to rebuild their community following much more serious disturbances.”

Yesterday afternoon and this morning (Tuesday 9th August) Islington Council’s leadership has been visiting affected parts of the Borough helping with reassurance. Executive Councillor Cllr Richard Watts has echoed the calls of the acting Metropolitan Police Commissioner and urged all parents to “keep all our young people safe and out of trouble by keeping them in tonight.”

On the Cally, local councillors have been visiting businesses after shopkeepers closed-up early yesterday evening on fears of further trouble. Cllr Paul Convery said “I’m glad there has been no repeat of Sunday’s minor disturbance when one shop on the Cally was raided by youths and alcohol stolen. Shopkeepers are naturally worried but we all need to remain calm. The Council is doing business as normal, waste collections, street sweeping and all other public services are operating as usual.”

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