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Bank Holiday incidents in Vallance Road – knock the WhatsApp rumours off please

By on May 30, 2017 in Crime & Policing
Please see the below message from Peter Turner Superintendent Operations and Partnership, Metropolitan Police Tower Hamlets.


“I am aware of social media chatter circulating regarding incidents in Vallance Road and near the East London Mosque over the bank holiday weekend.

I wish to send this message to give you all the facts to dispel any rumours circulating.

Some of the ‘chatter’ has mentioned the word murder and merged the below two incidents into one.

This is obviously very unhelpful as the community will understandably be concerned when such language is used.

Rest assured should a serious incident happen on the borough my staff will send a short partnership message to update you all [including through the new OWL system, see below].

On Saturday 27th May at 0510 police were called to a fight in Vallance Road, close to Pauline House. One male was taken to hospital with injuries consistent with being hit with a bottle and two others were arrested on suspicion of assault.

Police put in a fairly large cordon as there much a substantial amount of blood on the street. It transpired that the injuries were not severe and the injured male was released from hospital later. He did not wish to give a statement to police.

The two males were released pending a full review of CCTV and any other witness statements. The suspects and victim are all known to each other.

On Sunday 28th May at 0010 police were called to a disturbance near the East London Mosque.

A male had been abusing passersby and had thrown a bottle containing liquid at another causing a slight injury. Medical professionals confirmed the liquid was not acid or any other corrosive substance.

The male was arrested at the scene and subsequently charged with racially aggravated public order offences and assault.”

LW Comment

Like the man says, when it’s serious we will know soon enough.
 Although digital channels like WhatsApp groups have their uses they are just unofficial ways for people to communicate with each other on topics of shared interest. Nothing more.
When WhatsApp is used to repeat unsubstantiated rumours it causes problems for everyone.
If you wish to be in the loop with real information from the police then please take a moment to join the new OWL system. 


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  1. D Rooney says:

    Any idea what happened in St Katherine Docks on Friday evening around 1145pm? Was in the area saw a man taken from walkway next to the Dicken’s Inn on stretcher, and woman was on ground on the terrace of the Dicken’s Inn. Police and ambulance on the scene.

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