Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse condemns Enfield Defence League vigilantes in Enfield last night

First published in News Enfield Independent: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE DEPUTY Mayor of London has said it was “deeply undesirable” to see English Defence League vigilantes in Enfield last night.

In a visit to Enfield Town this afternoon with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, Mr Malthouse said the presence of the far-right group was not needed and that residents should let the police do their job.

He said: “They are not wanted on any level – we do not need help from the EDL and we do not agree with what they represent.

“It is deeply undesirable and they should let the police do their job.”

A large group of men, wearing white t-shirts and heard chanting “EDL” and “England” by the Enfield Independent, ran down Southbury Road and in Enfield Highway.

The group appeared to be separate from a group of around 100 gathered outside The George pub in the centre of town, who were largely peaceful.

After being challenged former Mayor of Enfield Councillor Jayne Buckland on the policing level in Enfield Town and surrounding wards, Mr Malthouse added that each ward should have a sergeant.

He said: “Sometimes these wards will have to share a sergeant – but these incidents are a once in 30 year occurrence.

“Each sergeant costs £55,000 and we can't increase them for one event – it's a budgetary thing.”

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5:26pm Wed 10 Aug 11

FatTulip says...

Yet the police woman I spoke to by Nat West concluded that the locals were there for the right reasons.

Look at the footage with the volume up and you won't hear EDL chants.
Yet the police woman I spoke to by Nat West concluded that the locals were there for the right reasons. Look at the footage with the volume up and you won't hear EDL chants. FatTulip
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9:16am Thu 11 Aug 11

Reader (R) says...

Strange that! I find Mr Malthouses appearance on my TV night after night “deeply undesirable”.
Strange that! I find Mr Malthouses appearance on my TV night after night “deeply undesirable”. Reader (R)
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9:59am Thu 11 Aug 11

Rick Jewell says...

I was there last night and I didnt see any sign of EDL. What I did see was a large amount of people who wanted to be seen to be supporting the Police and each other. I would be very disappointed if this show of solidarity was allowed to be hijacked by anyone for reasons other than its intended to be for.

I think it does need proper organising though as running thorugh streets shouting England doesnt give the right impression. We need to be more dignified and disciplined in order to encourage others to join the fightback and to re-assure residents that we are not the bad guys.

People charging the streets will only cause accidents taking away police from more important situations.
I was there last night and I didnt see any sign of EDL. What I did see was a large amount of people who wanted to be seen to be supporting the Police and each other. I would be very disappointed if this show of solidarity was allowed to be hijacked by anyone for reasons other than its intended to be for. I think it does need proper organising though as running thorugh streets shouting England doesnt give the right impression. We need to be more dignified and disciplined in order to encourage others to join the fightback and to re-assure residents that we are not the bad guys. People charging the streets will only cause accidents taking away police from more important situations. Rick Jewell
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2:51pm Fri 12 Aug 11

Caroline12 says...

We can thank you, Mr Hardiman, for these inaccuracies in relation to the 'EDL' when, in fact, the Enfield patrol were singing 'Eng-er-land'. Your ineptly written and inaccurate piece entitled 'vigilante group marching around Enfield' exacerbated these untruths.

Many of my friends who joined the Enfield patrol are upset by these accusations, but will not now get the opportunity for their voices to be heard. Thankfully those who attended, from every creed, know the truth.

I suggest, Mr Hardiman, that you provide a public apology not least a piece which reflects the truth of the matter.
We can thank you, Mr Hardiman, for these inaccuracies in relation to the 'EDL' when, in fact, the Enfield patrol were singing 'Eng-er-land'. Your ineptly written and inaccurate piece entitled 'vigilante group marching around Enfield' exacerbated these untruths. Many of my friends who joined the Enfield patrol are upset by these accusations, but will not now get the opportunity for their voices to be heard. Thankfully those who attended, from every creed, know the truth. I suggest, Mr Hardiman, that you provide a public apology not least a piece which reflects the truth of the matter. Caroline12
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