Police quell riot rumours

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RUMOURS that riots could come to Hemel Hempstead have been quashed by police.

A spokesman for the force said they are monitoring the situation and are aware of speculation about possible violence.

It comes as London endured a third night of riots following the police shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham last Thursday.

Nicola Lawrence from Herts Constabulary said: “We are aware of inaccurate rumours of disorder.

“We think it is just rumours but we are not ruling it out.”

Reports that bosses at Marlowes Shopping Centre plan to close the venue’s doors early today to avoid trouble are also untrue.

Assistant centre director Sam Rogers said: “We are liaising with police and keeping in touch with them. At the moment they believe it is all rumours. We don’t foresee any issues.”

Police have put out a reassurance message to residents via its website.

It said: “The force is aware of many rumours and concerned comments on social networking sites.

“The force is well prepared to respond should any instances of violence occur and deal with offenders firmly. The county has an impressive CCTV network in operation across every town, which can monitor and help deploy resources if ever required.

“Anyone who feels concerned about their community should contact their local neighbourhood team which can be found via our website or ring 101.”

Visit www.herts.police.uk