Stephen Timms, Member of Parliament for East Ham, has spent the day in his constituency after instances of public disorder broke out last night and shop windows were smashed. Mr Timms visited High Street North with the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, and other affected areas. He met with shop keepers and spoke with worried residents after a number of shops and buildings were vandalised. Mr Timms met with the police, Council officials and other emergency services to discuss plans for dealing with any further problems.
Mr Timms said: “The disorder in East Ham last night was inexcusable. The actions of a small minority have appalled the wider community. 23 people were arrested. Our community should continue to stay calm and we should encourage our friends and families to act responsibly.”
“Parents should make sure they know the whereabouts of their children, particularly after dark. And the police have particularly asked that people do not gather to watch any trouble. Bystanders impede the emergency services from doing their work.”
“I pay tribute to Newham Police for their effective work in curbing the disorder last night, and thank them for their work. I know of one officer who sustained a head injury in East Ham, and I wish him well for his recovery. The fire and ambulance services were stretched too. I thank, and pay tribute to, all those who worked successfully through the night to keep Newham residents safe. I will be doing all I can to support those affected and ensure the concerns of the community are heard.”
Anyone affected by the disorder in East Ham is invited to call Stephen Timms’ office on 0207 219 400, or to email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call 999 in an emergency, or 101 to report a non emergency incident. Numbers for local police Safer Neighbourhoods Teams are on the Met website. To give information to the police about disorder in Newham call the dedicated number: 020 8217 5078. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.