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Police working with partners to ensure weekend events take place without disruption

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Police working with partners to ensure weekend events take place without disruption

London will see many visitors this weekend, with football matches, various demonstrations and the London Marathon taking place in the capital.

This means a busy weekend for officers who will be deployed to help all of these events run smoothly and safely, as well as ensuring everyone is kept safe.

Commander Karen Findlay, who is running the policing operation this weekend, said: “Officers have been working with a myriad of event organisers heading into the weekend, including with the organisers of the London Marathon.

"It is extremely important given the months of preparation runners have put in to tackle the 26.2 mile course, that the policing operation remains centred on working with partners to ensure the event takes place without disruption, and all the families and members of the public who attend to cheer the runners on enjoy the day.

“We are also aware of the global and political backdrop and how those issues impact on our communities within London. We completely understand that people want their voices heard on current issues and to exercise their right to protest.

“However, what we won’t tolerate is where the right to protest results in disorder as we saw last weekend. That is wholly unacceptable. It is equally important that the rights of local residents, visitors and business owners are balanced with those who wish to protest.

“We have had positive engagement with multiple event organisers to understand their wishes and plans for their events and demonstrations across the capital this weekend, and these conversations have enabled us to develop a proportionate policing plan.

"So far, despite efforts, Just Stop Oil have declined to engage to explain their plans, however we will continue to try to establish a dialogue since we remain dedicated to making sure all demonstrations and events go ahead without disruption.

“I ask everyone participating in events this weekend to remain vigilant. Everyone can play a part in being the eyes and ears for the safety of all. If anyone sees something they think is suspicious, please speak with an officer or contact the police with information by calling 999. “

+ Our investigation continues into the disorder near the Iranian Embassy on Sunday, 25 September, where members of the public and officers were injured. If anyone has information or has recognised the people in the images of individuals involved in violent disorder, please contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote ‘Op Lakselva’.

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