London rings in the new year
THOUSANDS gathered on the banks of the Thames and millions more tuned in on television as Big Ben rang in the New Year.
The Mayor’s firework event was once again sold out and Londoners were treated to another spectacular display.
The Met Police had been working with the Mayor’s office, British Transport Police, Westminster City Council and other groups to keep the event running smoothly. Around 3,000 officers were expected to be on duty across central London to prevent crime and disorder.
Speaking before the event, Det Supt Phil Langworthy, the Met’s spokesman for New Year’s Eve, said: “It is an exciting time of the year and we want all who come to central London to have a good time.
“Officers have been planning New Year’s Eve for several months and that plan remains under constant review. This is not as a result of any specific intelligence.
“Officers will be out and about to deter criminals and keep crowds safe, but we need you to do your bit to look after yourself and those around you as well.”
Last year the Met Police also increased its armed presence in the capital.