Clegg On Notts Violence
12 August 2011, 12:59
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been speaking in Nottingham about the recent riots.
He met officers and community workers at Canning Circus Police Station, which was firebombed on Tuesday night and told Capital that people should be proud of the way they handled the recent violence:
"From what I've seen here in Nottingham I think people should be rightly proud that the community and police have worked so effectively together, that they have been able to restore the police station here back to working order so quickly.
"There wasn't any looting in the city centre, that is something that I think Nottingham can be very rightly proud of."
Mr Clegg said the force had managed to restore the police station to normal very quickly, to which Chief Constable Hodson said:
"Well that's part of the strategy, to clean up quickly, return it to normality so it reduces the risk of making people feel unsafe."
Inspector Ahmed told Mr Clegg, as they showed him where the damage had been caused, the group had thrown 67 firebombs:
"The majority of them actually hit the pavement but there was one or two that actually hit the front of the door.''
The officers also told Mr Clegg that 15 people had been charged with arson with intent and violent disorder in connection with the incident.