A Gold Group meeting was held at Brixton Police Station yesterday afternoon (10th June 2014) bringing together key members of the local LGBT community with Lambeth Council and Lambeth Police.
Local representation included members from Vauxhall One, Vauxhall One Safety Forum, Vauxhall Gay Business Forum, Eagle, OrangeNation/Fire/Lightbox, Galop – the leading anti-hate crime charity, Independent LGBT Advisory Group, Lambeth Business Crime Reduction Partnership, Lambeth Area Crime Reduction Manager and Lambeth’s Hate Crime Coordinator along with Lambeth Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods (inc Community Safety), investigating officers and police officers/staff.
The purpose of the meeting was to share information about the progress of the investigation to date, with the following terms of reference.
- ensuring that it is a thorough investigation and that the victims and communities concerns are addressed.
- To support those leading the investigation.
- To provide an appropriate and proportionate policing response.
- Reassure and provide confidence for the victims and the community.
- Provide liaison for the community to address their concerns.
- Respond to media interest.
- Assist with the return to normality.
At this stage the investigation appears to be progressing well, two of the female suspects have come forward and are assisting the police with their inquires. Police are appealing for the male suspect to hand himself in, and any independent witnesses who may have seen what happened to get in touch.
If you have any information please contact Lambeth Community Safety Unit on 0208 649 2176 or 07909 906 168.
Please quote crime reference numbers 1217303/14 & 1217300/14.
The police are liaising closely with the victims who are being offered further advice and support from (1) Lambeth’s Hate Crime Coordinator, (2) Lambeth’s Vulnerable Victims Advocate, (3) Galop and (4) Victim Support Lambeth. One of the victims is undergoing further treatment for the chemical burns to his left eye – it is too early to say if there is permanent damage to his eyesight.
Samples of the chemical thrown over the victims has been sent away for analysis and results are expected within the next couple of days.
Guidance on how to treat chemical burns and flush eyes has been circulated to Vauxhall venues, and will be circulated via the Met’s LGBT Liaison Officers to all venues across London. Venues have been asked to check and update their first aid provision and staff training.
A community impact assessment is in the progress of being carried out, with additional resources being brought in where possible to provide hi-visibility policing in partnership with venue security and the Vauxhall One team of wardens providing additional reassurance to the local community.
Partners are working on a joint statement which will be released shortly.
Further updates will follow once the initial investigations are concluded.