Riots update: Police patrols increased for second night in Cambridgeshire

CAMBRIDGESHIRE Police will increase patrols across the county for a second night in response the riots in London and other English cities.

All police officer rest days have been cancelled and officers are working 12 hour shifts to ensure peace and order after the violence which has rocked the country in the past three days.

Support is also being provided by PCSOs, specials and more than 100 police support unit officers. In addition, a police support unit of 28 officers was sent to the capital today and a further seven units will be sent during the next four days to help with peace and order.

This morning the force said that the county had remained relatively quiet with one isolated incident of disorder in Cambridge, which resulted in five arrests.

Officers were called at 11.35pm to reports of between 30 and 40 youths hanging around Midsummer Common. Officers attended, supported by the force helicopter, and the group, some of whom were wearing face coverings, moved towards the Grafton Centre.

No property was damaged during the incident, but five arrests were made.

Deputy Chief Constable John Feavyour said: “We continue to look at both the picture across Cambridgeshire and the rest of the country and are planning our resources accordingly.

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“Our presence on the streets of the county continues and we have increased patrols to provide reassurance to the community.

“We understand there may be concerns and feelings of vulnerability within a number of communities and are working closely with our partners and community leaders to address those concerns.”

- A 16-year-old and 20-year-old arrested were in in custody at Huntingdon police station while an 18, 19 and 28 year-old were in custody at Parkside police station.

All five men are from Cambridge.