Herts Police help London colleagues in riots

Police move to correct “misinformation” about disorder in Herts

POLICE from Herts have braved ongoing rioting in London, supporting fellow officers in the third night of violent clashes in the capital.

A spokewoman for Herts Police confirmed that officers from the Beds and Herts civil contingencies and public order planning unit has sent a Police Support Unit (PSU) to assist their Metropolitan colleagues.

She said no injuries to local officers had been reported.

Hertfordshire custody officers are dealing with prisoners for the Met and the county has offered communication support.

Herts Police has also moved to correct “misinformation” being circulated via social networking service Twitter that there were scenes of disorder in the county.

The spokeswoman said: “There is a lot rumour on the social networking sites but they were unfounded. We have been monitoring that.”

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The organisation’s official Twitter site tweeted at 6pm on Monday that “There are currently no incidents of disorder in Herts. We are monitoring situation [sic] & are prepared. Any offenders will be dealt with robustly.”

This was followed by a further tweet at 9pm on Monday, confirming: “There are no incidents of criminal disorder ongoing in Hertfordshire at all.”

Meanwhile, a spokesman for First Capital Connect has confirmed that despite riots in London there has been no significant decrease in the number of passengers travelling south of St Albans today (Tuesday).

He said: “We don’t think this is the case. It’s quieter, of course, because of the school holidays and has been since they began.”