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Extra police protect Bluewater amid London riot fears

PUBLISHED: 12:02 09 August 2011

JG4618-05; 01-05-07; Dartford; Exterior shots of Bluewater

JG4618-05; 01-05-07; Dartford; Exterior shots of Bluewater

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Extra police officers have been drafted in to protect Bluewater amid fears one of Europe’s largest shopping centre could become a target for looters and vandals involved in the London riots.

As violence continued in London for a third night officers were postioned at the centre in Greenhithe, near Dartford, late last night and through the early morning as police confirmed a group of 15 men had travelled by train to the Medway towns. They confronted police, setting fire to cars and bins.

It was the first time violence had been reported outside London with 10 arrested in Gillingham, Rainham and Chatham for conspiracy to cause damage to property. Bromley town centre also suffered damage.

A Bluewater spokesperson confirmed the heightened police presence, saying: “Bluewater remains open for business as usual.

“The safety and security of our guests and hosts remains our priority and we will continue to work alongside Kent police and act on their advice.

“Due to recent events Bluewater can confirm an increased police presence has been put in place on site.”

Have you been affected by the London riots? Call News Editor Michael Adkins on 0208 477 3749, 07557748037 or email michael.adkins@archant.co.uk with your stories and pictures.

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