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#1 Headset57

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 01:21 PM


Royal wedding: Police arrest 43 around security zone
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Forty-three arrests have been made around the royal wedding security zone, including one for sexual assault, police have said




http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13240683




A huge security operation is in place around Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Mall.

A man is beinq questioned on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, police said. Twenty-five people are being held for breach of the peace.

Officers also questioned anti-monarchy protesters in central London.

Masked protesters were questioned in Soho Square, and police headed to Red Lion Square - where about 70 protesters had gathered.

Police said officers had also made arrests inside the security zone for people being drunk and disorderly as well as theft, criminal damage and assault.

Thousands of police officers created a "ring of steel" around the royal wedding - more than 90 people were banned from the area and arrests have been taking place over the past few days.


Edited by Headset57, 29 April 2011 - 01:22 PM.


#2 Burnie

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 01:29 PM

As I said in the other thread - this would appear to be all of the arrests since midnight inside the part of greater london which has been designated as the "security zone" which would include the general response jobs during that time

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 02:34 PM


Police Arrest 43 Along Royal Wedding Route
1:55pm UK, Friday April 29, 2011

Martin Brunt, crime correspondent


Police have invoked blanket stop-and-search powers around the area of the Royal Wedding following the arrest of 43 people.
Suspected anarchists were apparently seen putting masks on in central London's Soho Square before the Royal Weddinggot under way nearby.

At least 43 people were arrested along the route where the newDuke and Duchess of Cambridge later passed after their marriage ceremony.

The alleged offences committed by those arrested included breach of the peace, drunk and disorderly, handling stolen goods and possession of an offensive weapon.

A 38-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl on The Mall was also among those detained.




TOP MET COP DISCUSSES SECURITY OPERATION


It comes amid a huge £20m security operation, as police and the military faced the threat of terrorists, anarchists and stalkers.

A police source said they were happy with the day's developments.

"It's all gone to plan so far, it's fantastic," they said.

Sky sources earlier revealed 21 suspected anarchists had been banned from Westminster for the day's events.



Posted ImageOfficers carried out extensive searches along the Royal Wedding route



Each of the 21 have been bailed by police, while three others arrested in raids on premises - mostly squats - in London, Sussex and Cambridgeshire, are still in custody.

A ring of steel was thrown around Westminster Abbey where thousands of well-wishers gathered to catch a glimpse of the happy couple.

Armed police and undercover squads of special forces mingled with the crowds to combat any attempt to disrupt the event.

Marksmen took up position on roofs along the ceremonial route as search teams and sniffer dogs carried out a final check of vulnerable locations.

More than 80 VIPs were given close-protection bodyguards.





Police insisted they had no intelligence of a specific terrorism threat, although the UK remains on the second-highest alert to an attack from al Qaeda and a substantial risk of a strike from dissident Irish republicans.

Scotland Yard had warned it would launch a pre-emptive strike against any suspected troublemakers.

A squatter caught up in one raid in South London said: "The idea that the anarchist community or squatting community is mobilising for the Royal Wedding is insane.

"I think the real motive for this is to lead an assault on the squatting community.

"It is political policing which is designed to be theatrical and which damages people's lives in the process."



This is a day of celebration and there should be no place for disruption. But we are ready to deal quickly, robustly and decisively with any trouble.

Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Lynne Owens

MP John McDonnell urged the Home Office to explain the raids, branding them "a disproportionate use of force."

A secretive unit of police and psychiatrists, the Fixated Threat Assessment Centre, had identified and warned off several people with obsessions about members of the Royal Family.

Five thousand police were on duty, most of them stationed along the wedding route with others on stand-by to deal with any trouble on the fringes. They were joined by Army, Navy and Air Force personnel.

Scotland Yard assistant commissioner Lynne Owens said: "This is a day of celebration and there should be no place for disruption. But we are ready to deal quickly, robustly and decisively with any trouble."

Another senior officer said he hoped an unofficial army of "Royalist middle-Englanders" lining the route would deter any spontaneous protesters.




http://news.sky.com/..._In_Westminster



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Posted 29 April 2011 - 05:40 PM

Well done to all involved in the event. Must have done something right in arresting the potential protectors as Radio 4 gave this some prominence to the civil liberties lawyers complaining..

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 11:02 PM

The page seems to have been since updated. Here is a quotation from it which I found rather interesting.

Scotland Yard has hailed the security operation surrounding the royal wedding as an "amazing success" despite 57 arrests around its security zone.


What is really interesting is the word despite. As though arresting people is indicative of failure. In fact arresting people is the way you keep the ring of steel intact. Just goes to show how unbiased the bbc are.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 09:09 AM

What is really interesting is the word despite. As though arresting people is indicative of failure. In fact arresting people is the way you keep the ring of steel intact. Just goes to show how unbiased the bbc are.


I don't think this shows bias. I think it shows (at best) that the journalist hasn't thought about what the success of an operation looks like. Still, it's not totally ridiculous to say that it would have been better had the day been perfectly safe and no one needed arresting.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 03:39 PM

Almost everything about the day was false, and wherever it touched reality it was worrying rather than reassuring.

The Royal cars trailed to Westminster Abbey between motorcycle outriders with flashing blue lights and Range Rovers crammed with bodyguards.


On the way back, the Life Guards (trained killers to a man) for some reason had to be escorted down the road by mounted police. Even Majesty must now be governed and pestered by the twin menaces of 'security' and 'health and safety'.

The police, for once looking like servants of the people in their tunics and helmets, only reminded us how many of them there are and how rarely we see them, and also that on all other days of the year they slouch about in flat caps and stab vests.


Read more: http://www.dailymail...l#ixzz1LD52BdqC


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Posted 02 May 2011 - 04:23 PM

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I think Peter has a bit of a chip on his shoulder

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 05:01 PM

Sounds like he got turned away on day one for both the Police AND the Army. And the way he talks about the wedding it's like he's jealous of having an attractive bride too.

Unlucky Peter, back under your rock if you please.