Derbyshire police reassure county over riots

Police in Derbyshire are seeking to reassure local communities in the wake of disorder in London and other cities in the UK.

Despite rumours circulated via social networking sites there was no disorder, looting or road closures in Derby city centre last night.

A heightened visible police presence was deployed in the city as a precautionary measure.

Derbyshire Constabulary has committed a number of staff to assist the Metropolitan Police’s operation this morning following a mutual aid request.

And the force is keen to emphasise that Derby County’s League Cup match against Shrewsbury Town at Pride Park Stadium will go ahead as normal.

Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “We recognise that people will have been following the events in London and other cities and it will be of great concern to them.

“As a result of those we along with some of our key partners are reviewing contingency plans to ensure we’re able to provide a positive and robust response should it be necessary in Derbyshire.

“We rely on the support of our local communities and I would urge anyone who may have any information about potential disorder to let the police know about it.

“There will be a police presence monitoring the football match tonight in Derby as usual and a visible presence will be noticeable in key areas as a reassurance measure. It is very much business as usual.

“We have also provided some staff to the Metropolitan Police and think it is right that we play our part to support the policing operation in London.”

There were a small number of low-level anti-social behaviour and crime incidents in the Sinfin area of Derby involving a small group of youths last night.

These involved a window on a parked police car being broken and a small number of wheelie bin fires.

ACC Collins added: “These incidents were minor and isolated to the Sinfin area and there is no way to know whether they were in any way connected to disturbances in other cities.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Derbyshire police on 0345 123 33 33 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.