Stop and search powers in place for Woolwich and Greenwich tonight

Fears of disorder related to groups aiming fireworks at the public and buildings has seen a Section 60 order implemented in both Woolwich and Greenwich Peninsula this evening.

Woolwich saw incidents in previous years which saw a large fence installed blocking much of the main square for all.

That seemed to simply move issues down to Greenwich Peninsula, where fireworks were launched at the public and buildings on Halloween.

There were also reports of assaults in the area.

Much like in Woolwich in previous years, many complained about policing tactics once trouble begun.

Some saw police arrive in Greenwich Peninsula and then depart while problems were ongoing. Issues then lasted a number of hours.

Police officers left vans unequipped for the situation, with video showing them not dressed in protective helmets and suitable uniform despite the dangerous nature of events in the area.

There was a lack of proactive measures for some time leaving groups free to act placing the public at risk.

While not the fault of officers on the frontline, questions have been asked of senior officers, poor planning and their strategy once issues were underway, which again replicates previous years.

 

 

 

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