Sunday, 2 October 2011

After the Riots Where do we go now? Public Meeting on 21st September

In a packed room in Stamford Hill Library on 21st September local residents discussed the causes and consequences of the August Riots with a panel of speakers including Diane Abbott MP, Cllr Ian Rathbone, Fr Rob Wickham from St Johns Church Hackney and local lawyer Sarah McSherry .

The meeting had been organised by Springfield , Cazenove and New River Branch Labour Parties and was chaired by Martin Dockrell the Chair of Springfield Labour Party.

The panel and audience discussed the myriad and complex causes of the riots and the positive response the next day by the local community who were quick to organise events such as the Clean-up Campaign and Clarence Road Tea Party .

Diane Abbott discusses these issues in more detail on her web-site.

The North-East Neighbourhood Committee will discuss the riots in more detail at the next Meeting on 31st October.

I will be taking part in an examination of issues surrounding the riots as part of the work programme of the Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission.

Some Facts about the riots are summarised below.

Incidents in Hackney

· 6th/7th August - Saturday night/Sunday morning: As noted above, the first incidents in Hackney took place in Dalston; there were a few incidents of theft/looting and attempted theft, with some damage to 5 chain stores in and around Kingsland Shopping Centre. 12 arrests were made.
· Monday 8th August: The main disturbances in Hackney took place on Monday, 8th August. They were focussed in Hackney Central and Hackney Downs. No buildings were burnt, although around 16 shops and businesses (8 locally owned) were broken into or suffered direct damage, and around 24 cars were torched. A single decker bus was also attacked and set on fire in Shacklewell Lane. Further arrests were made (52 in total, over the two days).
· Tuesday 9th August: There were no disturbances, bar one burglary.

The police are still assessing extensive CCTV footage of the disturbances, which will provide a fuller picture of the number and scale of incidents around the borough.

Overview of arrests (as at 6th September)

Over 2,000 arrests have now been made in connection with the disturbances across London, and over 1,100 people have been charged. Approximately 25% of the arrests and charges have been for juveniles, and 75% for adults.

In Hackney, 167 people have been arrested for offences in the borough since 8th August Of that total, 41 were bailed for further enquires, 112 were charged, and no further actions were taken on 14 (although some have since been re-arrested with CCTV evidence).

The age breakdown of the 167 arrests is as follows:
Under 18: 33
18-25 yrs old: 90
Over 25: 37
7 need clarification on DOB

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