We have learned from InsideCroydon's post of 2 September that a tiny complement of between 60 to 100 officers were on the streets of Croydon on 8/8. Many of these brave officers had no specific riot training and lacked heavy duty protective body armour. There were some remarkable stories of courage that night – PC Andy Hewlett being especially noteworthy.
However, our admiration of the bravery of “the few” is mixed with amazement at the tiny number of officers who were mobilised. The small numbers are all the more amazing given InsideCroydon’s revelations that the police were forewarned – as evidenced by police warnings to traders early that morning that Croydon was at risk.