Devon police issue riot threat reassurance

Joseph Bulmer

Police patrols in Devon and Cornwall were increased on Tuesday night in a bid to stamp out any copy-cat riots in the region.

The police said the extra police presence will continue today.

As rioting continued overnight in cities throughout the country, Devon and Cornwall police reported a normal night of police operations, with no large-scale outbreaks of disorder.

Devon and Cornwall police said officers were continuing to monitor intelligence around the rioting and violence which has broken out in other parts of the country.

The force said there had currently been no major incidents of disorder in the region and no intelligence to suggest it was likely to happen in the near future.

Devon and Cornwall police said it had a number of contingency plans in place to tackle any outbreaks of violence or rioting.

Chief Superintendent Steve Swani said: “It is only natural for communities across Devon and Cornwall to be concerned at a time when many are seeing large scale disorder in other parts of the country.

“I would reassure people that, at this stage, there is no intelligence to suggest any such activity here, but we will be ready to deal with and contain this should it occur.

“We are already talking to community and business leaders as well as local authorities and other partners to ensure everyone is aware of a developing picture and is not unduly worried by what they may be seeing in national media reports.

“We will also be placing as many police officers on patrol across the force as possible to further reassure our communities.”

The force yesterday sent two public order units to Avon and Somerset Police, who are due to return today.

Earlier in the week Devon and Cornwall Police has sent 25 police officers to London - including a patrol officer from Exmouth - in mutual aid assistance to the Metropolitan Police.