A message from Stephen Kavanagh Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Territorial Policing


  • The current situation facing London is one which affects all communities, regardless of age and ethnicity. 
  • We recognise that there are underlying issues to current events. There is a role for the whole community - police, parents, schools, local leaders and others - to stand together to bring order to our streets and help rebuild our communities.
  • The vast majority of London's communities are appalled by this current disorder and together we condemn the violence and criminality.
  • The MPS is fully committed to supporting the IPCC investigation.  

For your information the MPS has released the statement below in response to this afternoon's IPCC statement.


'We welcome the most recent update from the Independent Police Complaints Commission into the investigation of the fatal shooting of Mr Duggan, and the additional facts this places in the public domain.

It is in the interest of everyone, the family of Mr Duggan, the public and the police, that the IPCC are able to establish all the facts of the events of last Thursday so that there is a complete understanding of what happened. We appreciate that it is frustrating for people to have to wait for the outcome of the investigation but it is important that the investigation is full and thorough, and the MPS are doing everything possible to assist with that process. In accordance with post incident procedures the CO19 officers involved are not currently performing an operational role.

We would also like to take this opportunity to appeal for calm, Mr Duggan's family have publicly stated that they do not in anyway condone the violence we have witnessed on the streets of London. There can be no excuses for this behaviour.'


I am really grateful for your ongoing support and assistance and really value your tremendous efforts in speaking to other community members in very difficult circumstances.


Kind regards


Stephen Kavanagh DAC Territorial Policing

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Comment by NBL Admin on August 16, 2011 at 4:53
I fully appreciate the growing concerns within the business and local community about the Notting Hill Carnival this year.

Discussions are being held with organisers of Notting Hill Carnival and with the Chief Executives of both Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to assess the potential impact upon Carnival following the recent disorder across London.


I know many of you have suggested that Carnival be cancelled this year. A meeting of all agencies and the organisers involved in the event is planned for 18th August.


There are many considerations to take into account but the safety and security of residents, businesses and their property is of paramount concern for all involved.

We will work with the organisers and other partners to mitigate the current risks associated with the event, providing you with appropriate advice and help, whilst ensuring an appropriate policing response is part of the overall plan for the day.

I will update you as to the details following the meeting on Thursday.



Jason Gwillim

Borough Commander

Kensington & Chelsea Police

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