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Open letter from the Metropolitan Police Service and LGBT+ Pride in London

18 June 2016

Police officers at Pride in 2015 (Photograph: Mark Nortcliff)

Dear friends

On Saturday 25 June, LGBT+ Pride in London will hold its annual parade in central London.

This is a unique event celebrating London’s diverse communities, which the Metropolitan Police Service has proudly supported for many years. A record number of groups are registered to participate in the parade, including more than a hundred Met officers and colleagues from police forces around the UK.

Whilst the tragic events in Orlando last weekend have caused huge shock and concern across the world, there is no intelligence to suggest an increased threat to the Pride parade in London. Police have been working closely with Pride in London for some months in planning for this event. As a matter of course, the security plan has been reviewed and the situation is continuously monitored and remains under review.

The Met Police and Pride in London recognise that people in the LGBT+ and wider community may have increased concerns at this time. Therefore, to help provide additional reassurance and to show support for the Pride event, the Met Police will have an increased visible policing presence at the parade and in Soho. There will be a proportionate policing plan in place on the day and Pride in London is also providing additional stewarding.

We encourage those who wish to show their support for - and stand in unity with - the LGBT+ community to come and watch the parade and attend festival events, all details can be found on the Pride website.

We hope that everyone attending Pride in London 2016 has a safe and enjoyable day.

Yours sincerely

Commander Mak Chishty QPM, Metropolitan Police Service
Michael Salter-Church MBE, Chair, Pride in London

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