Police call for calm after ‘serious disturbance’ in Leicester

A police chief has called for calm after disorder broke out at an unplanned protest in Leicester.

A Leicestershire Police spokesman said two people had been arrested on Saturday night and into Sunday morning after “serious disturbance”.

The force said large crowds formed as groups of young men gathered for an unplanned protest.

In a video shot at 9pm on Saturday, interim Chief Constable Rob Nixon said: “We have had numerous reports of an outbreak of rioting in parts of the borough of East Leicester.

We continue to call for dialogue and calm with the support of local community leaders. We will not tolerate violence or disorder in our city

“We have officers there, we are taking control of this situation.

“Additional officers are on the way and dispersal and search powers have been granted.

“Please don’t interfere, we call for calm.”

A police spokesman said: “Several incidents of violence and property damage have been reported to police and are being investigated.

“We are aware of video showing a man tearing down a flag outside a religious building in Melton Road, Leicester.

“This appears to have taken place while police officers were dealing with public disorder in the area. The incident is being investigated.

“Two arrests have been made – a man on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a violent disorder and a man on suspicion of possession of a bladed object. You remain in police custody.

“We continue to call for dialogue and calm with the support of local community leaders. We will not tolerate violence or disorder in our city.”

Other officers have been patrolling the area in recent weeks following a spate of unrest following an Asian Cup cricket match.

Claudia Webbe, MP for Leicester East, joined police on Saturday night in calling for calm.

She wrote on Twitter: “This is a time for cool heads.

“I beg everyone to go home. We can increase our dialogue to repair community relationships.

“Your family will be concerned for your safety, please take the advice of the police who are trying to defuse and call for calm.”

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