Fears for repeat of riot action
POLICE expect a repeat of last summer's riots and are concerned about how budget cuts will affect their ability to deal with the unrest, according to a national study into the disorder.
The majority of officers caught up in August's unrest believe similar rioting is likely, with many citing worsening social and economic conditions as the potential cause, the survey found.
They also fear their forces do not have the resources to cope with unrest on a similar scale.
Gloucester endured a "night of shame" on August 10 when rioters started fires and smashed windows, predominantly in Barton and Tredworth.
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A total of 130 officers from eight forces were interviewed as part of the Reading The Riots research conducted by the London School of Economics and The Guardian newspaper.
Nearly all those interviewed described the unrest as the greatest physical and psychological challenge of their careers and officers of all ranks said they were astonished no colleagues were killed.
Chief Superintendent for Gloucestershire Nigel Avron said: "Due to the decisions made by the constabulary, the hard work of our officers on the ground and mutual aid assistance from other forces the policing operation in Gloucester last August was extremely successful and received many positive comments from the local community.
"Should something similar happen again, the Constabulary will take all necessary steps to keep our communities safe from harm."