In response to the continuing conflict in Israel and the border with Gaza, the Metropolitan Police has announced increased patrols in key areas of London.
The move aims to reassure and protect communities amidst the global unrest.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner (DAC) Andy Valentine said. “We are aware that this conflict has a far-reaching impact on communities around the world, and we extend our full support to those affected in London,” said DAC Valentine.
He noted the police’s commitment to collaborating with communities and partners, urging the public to report any concerning activities, particularly threatening behaviour.
Londoners, including Harrow residents, can expect a heightened police presence as the city braces for a series of planned demonstrations and protests related to the conflict.
In the last 24 hours, the Met Police responded to several minor public order incidents reported across different parts of London, as highlighted on social media. Swift police intervention resolved these incidents without any arrests made.
The police force is actively coordinating with protest organisers, including the upcoming Stop The War protest scheduled for Monday, October 9, in central London.
An appropriate policing strategy has been devised to uphold the right to lawful protest while minimising disruption to the public.
While officers’ primary objective is to ensure peaceful protests, arrests will be made if there are suspicions of criminal offenses. In tandem with increased patrols in key areas, the police have engaged with synagogues, mosques, and businesses.
These discussions aim to address concerns and provide safety advice, reinforcing the police’s commitment to community safety.