26 officers from Lincolnshire sent to help with rioting in London

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LINCOLNSHIRE Police has sent 26 officers to help with the riots in London.

The force sent a full police support unit to the capital on Monday evening after receiving a request from the Metropolitan Police.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said the unit, which is made up of public order trained officers, would be supporting officers on the frontline.

She added: “This does not affect our ability to provide policing in Lincolnshire or respond to any incidents of disorder or disturbance should they arise within the county.”

She said the unit was made up of officers from across the county.

The riots broke out in London on Saturday, following a peaceful protest.

A spokesman for Leicestershire Police refused to comment on whether the force had sent any officers to London.