The Metropolitan Police in Hackney have rejected a request put forward at a meeting held by Hackney CVS in east London to organise an amnesty for people who return goods stolen during the riots earlier this month.
Jake Ferguson, chief executive of HCVS, told Third Sector that a community group member at the meeting suggested an amnesty because parents of local rioters had been asking what they should do with stolen goods.
Ferguson said an amnesty would have given the parents an opportunity to discipline their children in the way they felt was appropriate."The government response to the riots seems to be all about enforcement issues," he said. "It’s just going to make the situation worse."
Hackney’s borough commander, Steve Bending, turned down the idea. "We have advised that a general amnesty is impracticable because the police cannot give a guarantee that a person will not be prosecuted in such circumstances," he told Third Sector.