Newham superintendent meets the public during “sofa gigs”

Alice Clinch, Lucy Watts and Emma Dodds chat with Supt Ian Larnder

Alice Clinch, Lucy Watts and Emma Dodds chat with Supt Ian Larnder - Credit: Archant

Relaxing on the sofa is usually a reward after a hard day’s work but Superintendent Ian Larnder had no chance to rest during the second of his “sofa gigs”.

He was stationed near Ernest Jones in Westfield Stratford City on Sunday in a bid to encourage passersby to take a seat and find out more about local policing.

His four hour stint gave people the chance to chat to him and his colleagues about anything that they wanted to about the force, including recruitment.

“It makes us visible and accessible and it is a really good way of getting to talk to the people that we serve,” Supt Larnder explained.

Nearby pop-up stands offered people more information about work going on in the borough.


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Upcoming police community events include a drop-in surgery at Asda Police Office in Lion Road, Beckton, on Friday from 2pm to 3pm, free bike marking at the Timberlodge in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford on Saturday from 11am to 1pm and a street briefing at St Edwards Catholic Priamry School in Green Street, Upton Park next Thursday from 2.45pm to 3.30pm.

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