At the Community Police Consultative Group for Lambeth meeting last night it was agreed a joint statement would be issued over the unacceptable scenes in Brixton that followed Baroness Thatcher’s death.
The CPCG members, Lambeth Council and Lambeth Police have all condemned Monday’s events saying protests of the kind seen on Monday are not welcome in the borough.
Jim Toohill, CPCG for Lambeth Honoury Comptroller, said: “Celebrating an individual’s death is tasteless and will have been widely seen as such in Lambeth, whatever our political views.
“But even tasteless assembly, if peaceful, is lawful. Criminal behaviour is not. We support our local police in maintaining that distinction and will fight to ensure they have the resources locally to do so.”
Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth Council leader, said: “We condemn the events in Windrush Square on Monday night, as holding a gathering to celebrate anyone’s death is totally unacceptable.
“The scenes we witnesses throughout the evening do not represent, or speak for, the community in Brixton and across Lambeth.
“We are working with the police to ensure those responsible for any disorder and criminality are brought to book.”
Chief Superintendent Matt Bell, Lambeth Police Borough Commander, said: “The community of Lambeth and particularly Brixton who were affected by the disorderly behaviour of a small minority of people on Monday night are furious.
“I’ve met and spoken with many who totally condemn the disrespectful outpouring that followed the announcement – whatever political views you may hold.
“They were not representative of, nor is their brand of protest welcome in, our community. Local policing arrangements are in place to ensure any further attempts to abuse the hospitality of Lambeth in this way are robustly dealt with.”