Increased police helps stem riots

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AN increased police presence has been seen on the streets in the area this week following the riots that have spread out across the country.

The added patrols has helped keep any trouble away from Thame, although there has been disturbances in nearby Oxford and Reading.

Community messages have gone out to the town’s people and businesses from Thames Valley Police to keep everybody informed and officers from the force have been drafted into London to help out in the capital.

Chief Inspector Andy Boyd, sent out the following message: “Most of you will have heard in the news about the recent disorder in London. I would like to reassure you that we will be doing all that we can to ensure that this type of behaviour does not take place in your area.

“You may notice an increase in the number of police officers at this time and this should not cause alarm. These officers are there to provide reassurance, prevent any incidents from happening and tackle any criminal activity that may occur.

“There have been a lot of rumours circulating on social networking sites about ‘riots’, some of which are untrue or greatly exaggerated.

“I would also like to appeal to the community to let police know of any suspicious looking gatherings of young people and any information they may have about people who may have been involved in disorder.”

Following the unrest in Oxford and Reading, deputy chief constable Francis Habgood added: “We were prepared in advance to deal with any potential disturbances and officers responded quickly and effectively. Arrests were made and the groups involved were dispersed at an early stage.”