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  • Updated: November 20, 2023

Police seek public's aid to identify Pro-Palestinian participants in London

Police seek public's aid to identify Pro-Palestinian partici

The Metropolitan Police on Monday reached out to the public for assistance in identifying individuals involved in a pro-Palestinian convoy comprising approximately 80 cars that drove into central London. 

The convoy, prominently displaying Palestinian flags, was brought to the attention of law enforcement on Saturday.

Authorities believe the cars originated from a car park in Hancock Road, Tower Hamlets, East London.

Upon detecting the convoy, road policing units, public order teams, and a helicopter were deployed to intercept the procession.

The cars were eventually detained on Exhibition Road, South Kensington, where a dispersal order was implemented. One vehicle was seized, and fixed penalty notices for various road traffic offenses were issued to 18 drivers.

Additionally, nine vehicles were served with prohibition notices due to identified defects that rendered them unfit for use.

The Metropolitan Police revealed that the convoy, en route to central London, made two stops on major roads – the A13 and the Limehouse Link Tunnel – posing danger to other road users.

Temporary Commander Karen Findlay, who led the weekend's policing operation, emphasized the need to identify individuals involved in earlier offenses during the convoy's route.

"Our intervention on Saturday night was effective in stopping this convoy in its tracks, but now we need to identify those we suspect of being involved in offenses earlier on their route. The public have been a great help in recent weeks when similar appeals have been made, and I have no doubt they'll continue to do the same," stated Commander Findlay.

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