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MetiNews.Com - Police ‘want Londoners to feel safe’ as indoor hospitality and live events return
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Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Jane Connors, the Met’s lead for Covid-19, said: “This is a significant date in the Government’s roadmap, for the first time in months people can once meet and socialise with their friends and family indoors. “We know that footfall across London’s high streets will no doubt increase and the Met is ready to welcome people back as well as clamp down on those people looking to cause trouble. “We want Londoners to feel safe and have confidence to return to our city’s hospitality sector and that’s why we will be stepping up our patrols in those areas likely to be busier.” She continued: “We’ll also be working closely with entertainment venues as they reopen, offering safety advice and deploying officers to help reassure those crowds as they once again return indoors.
“We are still in a critical phase of the pandemic and large indoor gathers such as dangerous unlicensed music events, remain illegal. “Not only do these events risk undermining the efforts of everyone to drive down the infection rate, they can be breeding ground for trouble and violence." DAC Connors warns that the Met will not hesitate to intervene across the capital where necessary. “We make no apology for taking direct action to shut these down and I would urge communities to contact police if they have any information on these events being organised,” she said.
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