LEWISHAM EAST: UKIP Write To Police
Editors Note: Paul Oakley, UKIP General Secretary has written to the Met Police regarding the far-left attack on the Lewisham East hustings. As we understand it he has yet to receive a reply.
Lexdrum House, King Charles Business Park, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 6UT
By email only: James.Yaxley@met.police.uk
13 June 2018
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Dear Inspector Yaxley
UKIP are writing with reference to the parliamentary hustings which were held at the Salvation Army Hall in Catford on the evening of 12 June 2018 to which we seek your urgent response.
As you know, Lewisham Police were informed in advance of the likely threat to that event by far- left activists. Indeed, there was a significant police presence there. In a startling decision, your officers permitted the protestors to congregate right at the entrance to the hall where they threatened, harassed and assaulted members of the public who were lawfully attending the hustings. No attempt was made was made to move those people away or, as far as I could see, to arrest any of the demonstrators who had committed criminal offences in clear sight of police.
Further, far-left activists within the hall itself went on to disrupt the speeches of the candidates at the meeting. Although there were police officers inside the building, these people were allowed to carry on disturbing the proceedings without any intervention or ejection.
Astonishingly, an operational decision was instead made that your officers would line up to block access by members of the public to the event.
As a direct consequence of the involvement of Lewisham Police, the event was cancelled. Had your officers acted in a proper manner and within their powers, this would not have been the case and locals would have been able to experience what should have been an informative aspect of an important parliamentary election.
Accordingly, we look forward to receiving your full explanation for the bewildering failure by your officers to police this event in anything approaching an adequate manner. Further, kindly confirm the number of arrests which were made.
Please note that both this letter and your reply, or lack thereof, are not to be considered either private or confidential.
Paul Oakley UKIP General Secretary