Horrendous scenes of violence have emerged from the East Midlands city of Leicester as police appear to have lost control of the streets as Muslim and Hindu groups clash.
Speaking on Saturday night, Leicestershire Police’s temporary chief constable Rob Nixon said in a video: “We’ve had numerous reports of an outbreak of disorder in parts of the East Leicester area of the city.
“We have got officers there, we are taking control of that situation, there are additional officers that are en route, and dispersal powers and stop and search powers have been authorised.”
In the early hours of Sunday morning, a Hindu temple in the city’s Melton road was reportedly attacked with a flag shown being torn down on social media.
A police spokesperson said “We are aware of a video circulating showing a man pulling down a flag outside a religious building on Melton Road, Leicester.
“This appears to have taken place while police officers were dealing with public disorder in the area. The incident will be investigated.
“Two arrests were made – one man on suspicion of conspiracy to commit violent disorder and one man on suspicion of possession of a bladed article. They remain in police custody.”
Tensions have been growing in the city since August 28th when a cricket match between India and Pakistan appears to have been the catalyst for violence. Subsequently, police have enacted stop and search a dispersal orders.
London knife attack on police officers
Meanwhile, ironically in London’s Leicester Square, a man named as Mohammed Rahman, aged 24, is accused of attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent after stabbing two police officers in an unprovoked attack on Friday.
One of the officers suffered what have been described as “life-changing” injuries to her arm in the attack.
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