FIVE arrests made in Peterborough in the last week are being linked to the national riots which brought English cities to a standstill.
Cambridgeshire Police revealed yesterday that four arrests made for criminal damage and one for arson in the city are being considered as “possible” copycat incidents to the riots which affected cities such as London, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and Manchester last week.
It comes after the force stated it will be looking to tone down its response to the riots after a weekend of calm over the country, and will be looking to phase out the 12-hour shift pattern and cancellation of rest days as officers return to normality.
The incidents being linked to the national unrest include an arson in Dickens Street, Eastfield, on Tuesday, August 9.
A car was set on fire and a 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson, he has since been bailed to return to Thorpe Wood Police Station on August 26.
This was followed last Wednesday with three people arrested for criminal damage in Freston, Paston.
A 20-year-old man, from Thorney, was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage in which he is alleged to have been throwing bricks at a car window. He is set to appear at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, August 24.
The other two who were arrested were later released without further charge.
The last person arrested in connection with disorder was an attempted criminal damage incident in Byfield, Orton Goldhay.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of going equipped to cause criminal damage and has been bailed to return to Thorpe Wood on October 12.