It is understood that a rise in robberies over the last few weeks has led to officers to advise kids that they shouldn’t go into town unless absolutely necessary.
But police now say the suggestion that children should avoid the town centre was an “error”.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “Romford Town Centre is a vibrant community hub that many people visit and enjoy every day.
“In recent weeks, we have seen an increase in the number of personal robberies where young people are being targeted.
“In light of this, schools in Havering and surrounding boroughs received an email from the Met Police on [Friday] 20 April which contained crime prevention advice for students.
“It also suggested that young people should avoid the town centre, particularly in the hours after the school day.
“This part of the message was added in error – this advice is disproportionate to the issues in the town centre, and people should not be alarmed.”
Some on social media ridiculed the email.
At last a plan to tackle crime on our streets…. London all we have to do is stay away from our streets and you will be come to no harm.Why is this plan not being implemented London wide? policing budgets could then be cut further. #morepoliceplease
— Parker Dairies (@parkerdairies) April 20, 2018
Tags: Romford, Havering, Robbery
Bloody good job, it was giving me the right hump, poor kids
— Danny Lee (@Danny_Lee98) April 20, 2018
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