As the dust settles on the riots that took hold of the streets of London a fortnight ago, the emergency services are now beginning to release information on the damage inflicted on their vehicles during the disturbances.
In an exclusive interview with the International Business Times, Detective Chief Inspector John Swinfield, who is leading the operation into the gathering of CCTV evidence said that there has been extensive damage to police vehicles during the disturbances as well as revealing that well over 200 police officers were injured during the four days of rioting in London.
"There has been extensive damage to police vehicles and the damage is still being assessed. Over 200 officers were injured during the riots," Detective Inspector John Swinfield said when asked about the figures of damages to police property during the riots.
As well as the Metropolitan Police, The London Fire Brigade has also revealed the extent of the damages to the International Business Times. The London Fire Brigade has said that over 5,300 emergency calls between 6 August and 10 August were made and that ten fire fighters were injured.
"During the civil disturbances London Fire Brigade fire fighters attended more than one hundred serious fires," a London Fire Brigade spokesperson said.
"The Brigade's control centre received over 5,300 emergency calls between Saturday, 6 August and Wednesday, 10 August. This peaked between 6pm on Monday, 8 August and 7am on Tuesday, 9 August when control officers answered 2,168 calls. During the unrest 10 fire fighters were injured. A woman fire fighter was attacked and had her scooter stolen on her way to work in Clapham. Another fire fighter was attacked as he left Battersea Fire Station and suffered bruised ribs. Eight fire engines had their windscreens smashed and two senior officers' cars were attacked," London Fire Brigade has confirmed.
Transport for London has said they are still monitoring the damage sustained to their fleet of buses. TFL has said that they are working hard to bring the service back to normality at the same time as ensuring the public and drivers safety.
"The bus services in London are run by various operators on behalf of London Buses and we are still currently gathering information so we can see a full picture of damage caused. Our priority is of course staff welfare and to ensure buses are returned back to service as quickly as possible after this has been achieved we the full extent of damage will be addressed," a Transport for London spokesman said.
As a clearer picture emerges of the extent of damage caused to the emergency service's vehicles during the four nights of extensive rioting in London, the Metropolitan Police have spoken on how long they expect a large police presence on the streets of the capital.
"In simple terms the answer is "as long as necessary" but any decision will always be taken the Police and Community Intelligence picture at the time. The Police's primary aim is to ensure the safety of the capital," Detective Inspector John Swinfield said.