Daily Archives: August 12, 2011

Jim Pickard

Sir Hugh Orde, the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, rejected criticism of police tactics in this week’s disturbances last night, saying politicians were “irrelevant” when it came to discussing how best to bring rioters under control.

That’s the view shared by the force, judging by a police officer I was talking to earlier this morning. (He pointed out that many of David Cameron’s measures from yesterday are irrelevant; eg, police are already allowed to remove facemasks from youths in a riot situation, even if they are not at the actual riot.)