LONDON: Britain’s Home Secretary Suella Braverman has met with local police officers and Hindu and Muslim community leaders in Leicester and assured them that the thugs behind the recent violent clashes will face the full force of the law. During a visit to the east England city on Thursday, the Indian-origin cabinet minister was briefed by Leicestershire’s police chief and leaders of local temples and mosques about the serious disorder that resulted in 47 arrests.
A cycle of violence erupted on 28 August after India won the Asia Cup T20 match against Pakistan, following which a fight broke out at Melton Road, Belgrave. Videos have surfaced on social media showing a group of youths trying to vandalize a Hindu temple in the area. The incident follows violence and disorder in the eastern part of the city.
Braverman tweeted after his visit, “I met with Leicestershire Police Officers, Leicestershire Temporary Chief Constable and local community leaders to discuss the actions being taken to protect local residents and restore security and harmony in Leicester.” to be discussed.”
“We will work on this together, and I will do whatever I can to support the communities and our police. Those who bring disorder and deceit on our streets will face the full force of the law and I thank all those brave police officers. We are safe,” she said.
On reports of masked people protesting outside a temple in Birmingham earlier this week, the Home Secretary said he had also spoken to the local West Midlands police chief and the situation there was being monitored.
“I also spoke to West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson today. I continue to monitor the situation and thank the police for their expert handling,” she said.