Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Brixton is bruised not Broken

A message from Councillor Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth Council

I thought it was important to get a message to you as soon as possible following the incidents here in Lambeth last night.

Firstly I want to make it clear that Brixton is a strong and united community. Over recent years we have benefited from strong community relations and sensitive policing.

I’ve spoken to many people from all sections of the community over the past few hours, and they have all said the same thing - that there is absolutely no justification for the kind of vandalism and looting seen on the High Street yesterday. They are shocked and appalled by what they have seen and are united in condemnation for this type of behaviour, which has no place in our community.

Let’s be clear – this was opportunistic criminal behaviour by a tiny minority intent on causing disruption and stealing from businesses. This will not undermine the huge progress made over the past decade to build trust and respect; this is no return to 1981.

Our job now is to get Brixton back to normal as quickly as possible so people can get on with their lives. We will offer all the support we can to the police with their investigations, and to local residents and businesses that have been affected to get them back on their feet.

The community in Brixton is strong and resilient. Last night’s incidents will not damage that. ___________________________________________________________________________


  • If you have had criminal damage done to your property please contact your insurance company as soon as possible. They will advise you on what to do regarding making claims etc. It would be sensible to take photographs of any damage as this may help with any paperwork.
  • The tube has been closed today but was not damaged. In order to check when it is open again please check with TFL – www.tfl.gov.uk
  • The high street will be cleaned up as soon as possible – our highways team will get on with this as soon as possible. We are all keen to get things back to normal as soon as possible.
  • If you have any concerns about further activity or potential incidents then please call emergency services on 999.

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