Force Tackles Disturbances - Frequently Asked Questions10/08/2011
You will no doubt be aware of the continuing disturbances in and around the City Centre last night. The Force has plans in place to deal with any further disturbances that may occur tonight.
We have prepared details of frequently asked questions and our answers to these questions, which may help answer some of your queries. These are attached to this alert message for your information.
If you wish to keep yourself up to date with the situation as it unfolds then please do by visiting the Nottinghamshire Police website (http://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk ), via Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/nottspolice ) or via the Notts Police Facebook page.
Anyone who has information about those responsible for last night’s disturbances can call the Force on the 0300 300 99 99, visit a local station or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and speak anonymously.
In the case of an emergency for example where a life is in danger or a crime is in progress please call 999 immediately.
Further alerts will be sent out as and when possible.
Q. Have many people have been arrested by police in connection with the incidents of violence over the past two days?
A. So far 91 people have been arrested following a second night of disturbances in the city and it is expected that by lunchtime today that number will exceed 100. Our enquiries are ongoing and we will continue to speak to a number of witnesses. We would appeal for anyone with information, mobile phone footage or CCTV footage to contact police as it may assist our investigation.
Q. Have any of those individuals been charged?
A. No charges have yet been made and all suspects arrested remain in custody.
Q. What ages are the people that have been arrested?
A. The age profiles of the people that remain in custody are mid-teens to early twenties.
Q. Are more arrests going to be made today?
A. The force is actively looking to make further arrests throughout the day.
Q. What evidence do you have to help you trace the people involved in the violence last night?
A. We have a significant amount of evidence to help identify and bring to book those who engaged in criminality overnight. Faces have been captured on CCTV. Forensic evidence has and is being obtained from the scenes while Canning Circus police station has been sealed-off so forensic examinations can be carried out.
Q. What is being done to monitor social networking sites?
A. The force has, and continues to, monitor social networking sites and we are working closely with businesses and our partners to ensure there is little or no disruption. Overnight Nottinghamshire Police made extensive use of social media platforms as well as traditional media outlets to ensure the public was kept informed across the county. Twitter was used as the principle channel to relay fast time, accurate information to journalists and the public and to respond to a growing number of requests for information with a special hashtag called #nottspolicelatest. At 6am today the force had 12,728 followers on Twitter with 2,664 people keeping up-to-date with the news through our Facebook page.
Q. Is Nottinghamshire Police sending any mutual aid to assist the Met with the riots happening in London?
A. The situation remains as it was yesterday with officers not currently being deployed to the Met in light of the incidents in Nottingham overnight.
Q. What advice would you give to businesses in the city that may be concerned about repeat incidents today, tonight or tomorrow? Should businesses stay open as usual and what advice would you give to businesses such as nurseries that may be concerned about the safety of the children in their care?
A. We are not asking any businesses to close. We need people to remain vigilant and report any concerns to police, ensure their CCTV is working but ultimately continue with business as usual. There is a robust plan in place in the event of any repeats of violent disorder.
Q. What is being done to support people in the city, particularly those whose vehicles and homes have been damaged.
A. Understandably the majority of people in St Ann’s and the city are appalled at what has happened and the damage caused by a small minority of people who think it is appropriate to target members of their own community. A lot of work is being undertaken in St Ann’s and across the city. Neighbourhood policing teams are out on patrol and we have been speaking to local people about events that have occurred over the past two nights. We have also been liaising with partners and local MPs and will have appropriate resources in place in the event of any further disorder.
Q. What advice would you give to residents in general in St Ann’s and also across the city?
A. Go about daily life as usual, report any concerns and be reassured that we are here to keep you safe. Safer Neighbourhood teams, Community Protection Officers and Special Constables will be out in the city for residents to speak to.
Q. What is the force doing to prevent further incidents of violence across the city?
A. There is a robust plan and the appropriate resources are in place in the event of any further disorder.
Q. Is the force anticipating more violence tonight? Are there any particular areas that you think will be targeted?
A. We are continuing to engage with people and monitor local intelligence, however we are prepared for any violent disorder and will provide a robust response if necessary.
Q. Were there any incidents at the Nottingham derby yesterday evening?
A. On a night when most football matches were cancelled in London, a decision was taken by the Force to allow the game to go ahead, despite fears that there would be a second night’s violent disorder, stretching police resources. And despite the nail-biting thrills on the pitch and a penalties victory after extra time for Forest, there wasn’t a single incident of disorder either before, during or after the game. The 22,000 fans who attended the match behaved impeccably. A message from the Force, explaining why the match should go ahead, saw the crowd rise to their feet with a spontaneous round of applause.
Q. Are there any areas of the city that people are advised to avoid this evening?
A. No. People should continue going about life as normal and report any suspicious activity.
Q. Will roads be closed?
A. The Force is not currently planning to close any roads in the city.
Q. How many officers were deployed as part of the operation last night?
A. Hundreds of officers, supported by more than 100 Specials, PCSOs and Community Protection Officers, worked through the night to contain the violence and arrest those responsible.
Q. Is the mounted/ dog section and helicopter unit being deployed are part of increased patrols?
A. The mounted section and dog unit were out last night and will be out again this evening and the helicopter will be deployed too. The mounted section will be carrying out public order patrols from 7pm until 7am, starting in the city centre.
Q. Will CCTV images from St Ann’s be released to the media?
A. At this stage CCTV images will not be released to the media as they are being reviewed by officers in order to trace the suspects.
Q. Have all Specials been called in for duty?
A. A number of Special Constables will be utilised to minimise any disruption. They are a valuable resource and can help police any potential disorder.
Q. Is Nottinghamshire drafting in support from neighbouring forces?
A. We were supported by Police Support Units from Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire last night. We have requested some regional support but will continue to monitor our requirements.
Q. Have officers’ shift patterns been changed in light of the incidents overnight?
A. Shift patterns have been changed to ensure that appropriate resources are available if and when necessary. Rest days have also been cancelled until further notice.
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