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King Charles meets chief constable over unrest in Leicester

The King had requested T/CC Rob Nixon’s attendance in Edinburgh on Monday.

An invitation was sent through to Leicestershire Police to attend a meeting of around 300 members of the British South Asian community at a reception in Edinburgh on Monday so that King Charles could discuss the recent disorder in East Leicester. 

To date there have been 55 arrests/voluntary interviews and nine charges relating to the disorder after a cricket match between India and Pakistan on August 28. 

Dispersal orders and stop and search powers have been put in place intermittently since. 

50 detectives, officers and PCSOs are still collating evidence, reviewing CCTV, BWV and imagery that has been submitted. . 

Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, has also visited the force headquarters and met with officers who were on duty at the time of one breakout in September. 

Meanwhile, a community meeting held last month, hosted by Leicester City Council and Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, has agreed to a review being undertaken into the circumstances leading up to the tension. 

On Monday, CC Nixon spoke with the King upon entering the main reception. Also within the group that attended were the East Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Commander Inspector Yakub Ismail as well as representatives from the The Federation of Muslims, the Hindu Community and the Daman Community. 

T/CC Nixon said: "It was a real privilege to meet His Majesty The King on his first public engagement since the Queen’s death and I thought it was significant that he wanted to understand what had been happening in Leicester.

"He was obviously appreciative of what our role has been in terms of policing, and he was very, very interested in hearing the community voice and how the wider communities and so many key people within them are pulling together to bring back harmony along with also understanding the role of social media and misinformation and how that can cause increased tension.

"I am hopeful  that he might consider coming to visit Leicester in the not too distant future but we shall have to see."

The King met with guests for just over an hour, of British Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Nepalese, Bhutanese and Maldivian heritage from across the UK.

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