Sgt Rob Goodwin, from the Penge and Cator Safer Neighbourhood Team reports:
On Monday 8th August 2011 following two nights of serious disturbances in North and South London, Bromley police patched together several Safer Neighbourhood Teams to patrol the Penge and Anerley areas after some intelligence was received that some disorder was being planned.
During the events that followed that night, the team of three police officers and five PCSO’s managed to maintain a level of order and response in the Beckenham, Penge and Anerley areas whilst most of the boroughs police resources were engaging with a violent crowd in Bromley Town Centre.
Unfortunately a number of premises in Beckenham and Costcutters in Beckenham Road were attacked, however some suspects were literally chased out of Beckenham by the SNT resources. Some of the officers worked in excess of 30 hours that day, then having one or two hours rest, before being deployed again.
Over the nights that followed, we all worked 12 hour shifts with no days off.
The borough has received “mutual aid” from police forces across the country, from as far afield as Lothian and Borders inScotland, and Avon & Somerset Police.
These officers have been patrolling Penge on foot in support of the local teams.
Since the looting , we have been busy identifying suspects caught on camera.
At least four arrests have been made in the Penge area and a considerable amount of stolen property recovered.
There will be a strong police presence around the Penge and Anerley areas over the August Bank Holiday weekend ready to deploy in case of any disorder.