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Riots a year on: 'A lot of heart searching'


It is a year since the beginning of the worst rioting seen in England in more than a generation.

Sharon Grant, widow of Bernie Grant, former MP for Tottenham, says there has been "a great deal of heart-searching about what the next step should be" following a "difficult year" since the beginning of the worst rioting seen in England in more than a generation.

Speaking to the Today programme, she said in terms of the policing in the areas there has been "some progress" but she remains concerned about "the way forward in terms of the relationship between the police and the community".

"We need to be sure that there will be proper arrangements for a dialogue to be taking place so that the police are informed about the needs of their community," she said.

Kent Chief Constable Ian Learmonth, Acpo lead for public order and safety, said he could not speak for the whole of the country but as far as the county of Kent is concerned, he believes the police "are part of the community" and it is important the relationships are maintained.

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