Message from Sutton Police
Police message following local disorder and violence in Sutton:
I want to thank all of you who have shown such immense support for the Police during the recent disorder and violence.
I am proud to report that our officers in Sutton have demonstrated a huge commitment to keeping our town centres and streets safe. They have shown this in the way they have dispersed troublemakers, carried out arrests at the time of incidents and in follow-up raids on suspects’ homes, and gathered evidence to bring offenders to justice.
To date we are dealing with around 20 crimes, many with multiple suspects, resulting from the disorder. The offences include violent disorder, assault on police, burglary and criminal damage. In the vast majority of cases offenders have been arrested and charged - and cases have already started to go to court. We are continuing to pursue the remaining offenders relentlessly.
Our ‘pro-active policing response’ to the disorder helped to prevent troublemakers from gathering in groups and gaining the upper hand. We managed to maintain control and keep the number of offences to a relatively small number.
Since the disorder, our officers have been applauded in the streets, offered cups of tea and even given cakes! This is testament to the close relationship that officers have built up with local communities and businesses in our borough. This is something we want to build on and strengthen because the most effective policing is always going to be a partnership between officers and local communities.
Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to provide us with any information you can about any criminal or anti-social behaviour. Please tell us if you become aware through social networking channels of any potential trouble. Children are often avid users of social networks and can play a key part in telling us what’s going on - so do ask them for their help, which could help us prevent serious disorder. The more information we have, the better and quicker we can respond. If you see a crime being committed dial 999 or in a non-emergency you can contact us on 101. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Sutton is one of the safest boroughs in London. Help us make it the safest!
Det Chief Insp Alan Chambers,
Safer Neighbourhoods Teams/Partnership,
Sutton Police Station