This post was first published by My London on 08/11/2019.
Extra police in Croydon after planned ‘riots’ leaves residents ‘uneasy’
There has been a mixed reaction to the increased police presence in the town centre
Around 30 officers from the Met Police were out in force around the town centre yesterday evening (Thursday, November 8) to put off any potential rioters.
The police focused most of their efforts at JD Sports and McDonald’s but there were also officers near the tram lines and inside the Whitgift Centre.
The response from police came after fears over a post circulating on Snapchat calling people to join ” Croydon riots 2k19″ at the JD Sports in the town centre.
In the social media post, potential ‘rioters’ are told to wear something black, as well as bring a balaclava and gloves.
It warns: “If you do not know how to run. Don’t come. If you have your school uni [uniform] on. Don’t come.”
Police announced that they had a strategy in place in response.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “Police are aware of comments on social media relating to a shop in Croydon .
“An appropriate policing plan is in place.”
The potential raids prompted discussions on the MyLondon Facebook page on whether the police presence was welcomed or a complete waste of money.
One person wrote: “Scoop them all up and dump out at sea. See if they are swimmers then they can go into JD for goggles and some trunks.”
Another wrote: “Croydon is just awful, lived here all my life but whenever I go into the town centre I feel really uneasy. So sad as have such good memories.”
Another person responded by writing: “When you can’t go into Croydon of an evening because of some mindless kids. Where are the parents? Waste of police time.”
One person suggested that potential rioters should get a job, they wrote: “Why JD Sports I ask? Because they sell trendy trainers and clothing for young people. Obviously some young people are unwilling to earn it, by getting a job themselves or earning it as a reward from their parents or guardians.”
One comment appeared to sum it up perfectly. They said: “They send 30 officers and they’re slated, but if they hadn’t sent any then they would be slated too. Can’t win.”