Police from Lincolnshire drafted in to help deal with London riots

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A TEAM of police officers from Lincolnshire has been sent to London to help the Metropolitan Police deal with rioting and looting in the city.

The county has sent a team of 26 police officers to help cope with the unrest, which has continued for three nights.

Assistant chief constable Carl Langley said: “We can confirm that at the request of the Metropolitan Police, Lincolnshire, last evening (Monday, August 8), sent a full Police Support Unit of 26 officers to work in London.

“This does not affect our ability to provide policing in Lincolnshire or respond to any incidents of disorder or disturbance should they arise within the county.

“We have well established collaborative arrangements with forces in our region and are in discussions on how best to support each other if needed.

“Locally, we will use our existing communication channels to engage with communities and provide reassurance and monitor the situation.

“Officers and staff will be reporting any activity or information which suggests there may be even the slightest risk of issues arising within Lincolnshire, and we are prepared to respond should this occur.”

Police in Nottingham are on high alert after outbreaks of fighting and looting in the city last night.