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Large police presence in Woolwich after arrest

Woolwich town centre saw a substantial police presence last night after an incident in Beresford Square escalated and a crowd formed after police made an arrest.

Witnesses report that initially the suspect appeared part of a small group. While being led to a police vehicle a larger number of people gathered.

Police called for support which saw numerous vehicle arrive in Beresford and General Gordon Square.

There was a tense stand off before people left.

7 Comments

  1. Graham

    Well it is simple do not do the crime and stay with in the law if you do not want to be arrested or detained. The police have their job to do protecting the law abiding people of Woolwich.

    I am more concerned with large crowds and gatherings as the coronavirus is still out there. You might be fit and well but others near you may not be. Be sensible and maintain social distancing.

    • Jonathan

      I’ve idea what went on at Beresford Square last night, Graham, but to be fair, ‘not doing the crime’ and ‘staying within the law’ isn’t always enough to avoid detention. Police have been known to arrest people unlawfully. They’ve also been known to let certain people off scot free when they’ve blatantly broken the law. So I’d say it’s actually not so simple.

      • Dawn Green

        To avoid attention/detention don’t go running to the area where someone was arrested and you weren’t there to see why .So keep your nose out unless it affects you directly
        Yes I agree innocent people are arrested and guilty definitely let go My other comment seem to have disappeared probably deleted it myself in error oops

      • Graham

        Jonathan, I was more concerned about about large crowds gathering when the incident is nothing to do with them. Ignoring social distance as Dawn pointed out

        !! You couldn’t put a pin between the crowd the whole pavement was blocked !! Now as others have said covid-19 is still active and it has been proven to affect men from the BAME community and the crowd were predominantly from this community””

        Having known people personally who have died from Covid-19 including my lovely neighbour who was from the BAME community I am really concerend about a second wave of Covid-19 happening again with even more lives lost.

        I can see a return to lockdown like Leicester and now possibly Bradford. London will be next if people are not senisble and do not adhere to social distancing rules.

        Everyone needs to adhere to social distancing and not gather and get involved with incidents that do not involve them,

  2. There is an uptick in new infections. The government is straining hard not to reimpose lockdown, but it may be unavoidable if we start seeing deaths in the hundreds a day as with the height of the outbreak.

  3. Dawn Green

    I was in the area at the time (just got off bus by poundstretchers )Although I ever saw any violence I Felt that there was an underlying current of intimidation !! A huge police presence inc a territorial unit !! You couldn’t put a pin between the crowd the whole pavement was blocked !! Now as others have said covid-19 is still active and it has been proven to affect men from the BAME community and the crowd were predominantly from this community What is bloody wrong with people I imagine most had no idea what or why the person was arrested as wasnt even there !! Give me strength

  4. Graham

    I totally agree with you Dawn. You made some very valid points.

    I also agree totally with anonymous201481 I can see the Government having to go back in to lockdown as people continue to ignore social distancing. It may be unavoidable if we start seeing deaths in the hundreds a day as with the height of the outbreak and that really worries me having known people who passed on after conrtacting covid-19.

    People need to realise the rules apply to them and nobody is above the law.

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