Five Arrests During Cambridge Disorder
10 August 2011, 09:04 | Updated: 10 August 2011, 09:53
Five people have been arrested following a disturbance in Cambridge last night.
Police were called at 11:35pm to reports of between 30 and 40 young people gathering on Midsummer Common.
According to police, some of the group were wearing "face coverings".
The force helicopter was also called as the group moved towards the Grafton Centre.
Some of the group threw items at police, including rubbish, and two officers received what are described as "minor injuries".
Five people were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and the rest of the group was split up "within 20 minutes of the original call".
Police also say no property was damaged during the disorder.
Deputy Chief Constable John Feavyour said: "Patrols were increased across the county to ensure there were sufficient officers available to deal with any incidents of disorder or concerns from the public.
As a result there was one isolated incident of disorder which was dealt with swiftly and resulted in five arrests.
This type of criminal behaviour will not be tolerated and anyone who uses the emerging national issues as an excuse to break the law in the county will be dealt with swiftly and robustly.
We understand there may be concerns and feelings of vulnerability within a number of communities. We will work closely with our partners and community leaders to address those concerns."
It comes after 25 officers from the Cambridgeshire force were sent down to London on Monday night and Tuesday night to assist with the Metropolitan Police's efforts to deal with riots in the capital.
Extra officers were also patrolling parts of Cambridgeshire last night as part of a Police drive to "reassure" residents of the county following the disturbances in London.
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