Police response to Bedfordshire riot rumours

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EXTRA police officers were deployed to known hotspot areas across Bedfordshire last night, disrupting any potential for disorder that may have occurred.

Speculation on social media sites that “rioting” had begun in Bedford and Luton was untrue and messages were quickly posted by the force Twitter and Facebook to reassure communities that all was quiet across the county.

Public appreciation for these messages has since been re-posted.

Although there was no disorder, reports of a couple of small fires being started were received, which the fire service responded to.

One was at Leagrave Motors in Sundon Park Road, Luton, at around midnight, and a bin fire at Arrow Close, also in Luton, in the early hours of the morning. No other incidents were reported and no one was injured.

While events are on-going in London and cities elsewhere, Bedfordshire Police has also taken the precautionary measure and requested fuel stations do not to sell jerry cans or containers of fuel.

The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Civil Contingencies and Public Order Planning Unit also sent a Police Support Unit (PSU) to assist the Metropolitan Police operation in London. Custody space and call taking support was also offered.

 Anyone with information that could assist police in their prevention of disorder should call the main switchboard on 01234 841212, text to 07786 200011 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.