Following the attempt of Far Right activists to provoke civil disorder in Tower Hamlets at the weekend, Mayor Lutfur Rahman said:
“The appearance of fascist sympathisers on our streets, masquerading under the banner of ‘Christian Patrols’, was designed to provoke community division and disorder.
The East End has a long and honourable tradition of opposing those who preach hatred. I fully endorse the statement of my friend, Rt. Rev. Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney, that there is no place for vigilante patrols on the streets of Tower Hamlets. I can reassure the community that the council and police are taking these incidents very seriously. Those involved in vigilante patrols will feel the full force of the law.”