Police ask for riots ‘community impact statements’


West Midlands Police are asking the public to tell them what effect they think the rioting and looting in Birmingham had.
The full text of their letter is printed below:

COMMUNITY IMPACT STATEMENTS – DISORDER 8/9/10TH AUGUST
Between Monday 8th August and the morning of Wednesday 10th August saw unprecedented disorder on the streets of the West Midlands.
The task of bringing the offenders to justice is well under way and the Courts are already imposing significant sentences on many defendants. Many are sent to the Crown Court where greater sentencing powers are available.
To support this process West Midlands Police is compiling Community Impact Statements, to help ensure that each individual defendant is sentenced within the context of the wide scale disorder that took place.
The purpose of this letter is to ensure that if possible your views are captured within these community impact statements. By contributing to the statement you will not have to give evidence at Court and your personal details will not be given to the Court.
The areas where we would welcome contributions include; staff/colleagues who are reluctant to come to work following their experiences, cancelled bookings or loss of trade, feedback from out of this area which could be interpreted as damage to the reputation of either all of the West Midlands or individual parts such as Birmingham City Centre. This is by no means an exhaustive list but hopefully gives a flavour of the areas we hope to see covered within the community impact statements.
The task of compiling these statements is urgent. Can I ask that you send your contributions by no later than 25th August 2011, to one of the following:
By ‘e’ mail to: s.anderson@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk
By letter to: Chief Superintendent Steve Anderson,Community Justice and Custody,Lloyd House,Colmore Circus,Birmingham,B4 6NQ
Yours sincerely,
 Chief Superintendent Steve Anderson
Community Justice and Custody Department.

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