Parliamentary Report Into Summer Riots Followed By Met Raids

By TimW Last edited 86 months ago
Parliamentary Report Into Summer Riots Followed By Met Raids

Christmas cheer was not on the menu for approximately 100 London homes from dawn yesterday when the police began an operation to arrest yet more suspects from the summer riots.

Nearly 3,500 people have been arrested in conjunction with the August disturbances thus far, and the Met is continuing to invest serious manpower into the investigation.

The announcement of renewed activity comes just two days after a parliamentary report on the August troubles – by the Home Affairs Committee – concluded that the police "failed to appreciate [the] magnitude" of the riots.

In pretty damning findings, the report cited "the perception, relayed by television as well as social media, that in some areas the police had lost control of the streets," as "the single most important reason why the disorder spread".

Parliament isn't the only body to be investigating the causes of the riots. Earlier this month, the Guardian and London School of Economics published an extensive study into its causes, with results including anger at the police and opportunism.

Just in case that isn't enough research and analysis, the deputy PM is in charge of the oddly named Communities and Victims Panel, which is a government-led inquiry into the riots. Chaired by the head of Jobcentre Plus, the panel is currently gathering information with a report to follow in March 2012.

For those who haven't seen it yet, the Met has a Flickr page of riot suspects.

Captured in Hackney during the riots, the accompanying image is by Sven Loach via the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 21 December 2011