UK Uncut has recently announced an event entitled ‘Christmas Special’, which is being promoted to take place on Saturday, 17 December 2011 between 1300 hours and 1700 hours. The stated aims of this protest are to highlight the government austerity measures and non payment of tax. It is their intention to target high street retail business premises. Recent events have shown that this has predominately taken place in Central London. We would advise all retail sectors within Greater London to consider the following guidance, which is by no means exhaustive.
The Metropolitan Police Service is fully aware of the potential impact of any major event on the local business community and is well equipped to deal with events like this. We have an appropriate and proportionate policing plan in place and are working closely with our strategic business partners to ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum whilst at the same time aiming to police and facilitate peaceful protest.
The following guidance has been produced to help businesses to prepare for any incidents which may arise as a result of this activity in the Metropolitan Police Area.
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In the event of an emergency call the emergency number 999.
In the event of a situation that does not require an emergency response, please call 101 (calls to 101 from landlines and mobiles cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call or how long your call lasts).
If you have information about crime, you can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on .
Ensure that all staff are fully briefed. Security officers, where possible, should have a visible presence at premises. It would be advisable that a senior manager make himself/herself identifiable to police in the event of an incursion into your business premises. Ensure that your exit/entry points are monitored and that you are able to lock and secure any points of entry if required to do so.
Be alert to large groups forming outside of business points of entry and ensure staff remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to security and/or police. Check that your emergency equipment supplies and radio communications systems are stocked and fully operational at all times.
If you identify any unusual markings on your building please report immediately to police. If crime is committed or an incursion takes place in your premises consider the preservation of evidence, where possible, on the advice of police.
Ensure CCTV coverage is fully operational and can provide the highest possible recorded resolution.
What you can expect to see
You may notice officers outside some premises this is because during recent protests some buildings have been targeted and damaged. The officers are there to protect these buildings and to assist those inside to go about their daily business and to deal with any incidents of crime and disorder. All officer will be uniquely identifiable by a series of numbers, letters or both which will be visible on their outer clothing.