Stratford Centre braces itself after riot alert

Police alert to potential trouble after rumours on social networks

Shops at the Stratford Centre are shutting following liasons with police about the disorder seen across London which could spread to the town centre.

Social media indicates civil unrest may target Stratford around 7pm tonight and police advised shops to close early for their safety.

Police numbers have increased around the centre in the last two hours as a precaution.

Newham Police will attend a public meeting at 7pm tonight at St Marks Church and Community Centre in Beckton with Race Equality in Newham to reassure residents and discuss how to proceed.

Newham Police said: “Following the disorder and violence in Tottenham and surrounding areas over the weekend, Newham Police, Newham Council and partners would like to reassure the community that local officers are out on the streets in Newham to engage with the public and continue to protect our community.

“Criminality is never tolerated in Newham and any offenders putting the safety of local people at risk will be brought to justice.

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“A London wide policing operation is in place to manage any further public disorder in the capital. We are working with our partners and the community with extra resources to ensure Newham residents can go about their daily lives in confidence.”

Jahid Rahman, a salesman at Carphone Warehouse in Stratford Centre, said that he had been “shuttered inside the shop”, adding: “There are more young people than usual hanging around outside the exits.”

The window of JD Sports was smashed last night in high spirits but claims that the incident was related to rioting remains unconfirmed.

Operation Withern is investigating the disorder and violence in parts of London. An incident room has been set up and anyone with information should call the Major Investigation Team on 020 8345 4142 but in an emergency always call 999.