More Hampshire police join London riot officers

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SPECIALIST police were today drafted in to help the Met tackle riots in London for a second day.

It comes after a unit was sent to Regent Street and north London yesterday.

Police say no officers have yet been involved in direct combat.

But Hampshire Constabulary is set to send up officers to help out for the rest of this week as needed.

Bosses will also work to ensure there are enough resources to maintain duty police levels in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Speaking to The News, Superintendent Rick Burrows, helping to co-ordinate Hampshire’s policing response, said: ‘They are in Hackney. We sent one PSU up today and we will continue to send at least that level of resources. They are deployed with high visibility patrols.

‘No [Hampshire] police officers have been hurt.’

Chief Superintendent Karen Manners, who is leading Hampshire’s operation, said: ‘The public response in support of police has been tremendous. Everyone is acting responsibly. We do understand that people, having watched the national media, may be concerned but our streets are safe, and we are concentrating all of our efforts on keeping it that way.

‘You should go about your business as usual, and if anything should change we will update you as swiftly as possible. Please do report any concerns to us by calling 101. Your local policing teams are dedicated to keeping your community safe.’