The Met has appealed to the public for information after an unmarked police vehicle had paint thrown over it as officers dealt with an incident.
Officers had been called to Leicester House on Loughborough Road on Saturday (4th July) evening in order to assist the London Ambulance Service (LAS) who were treating a patient who was suffering from a ‘mental health crisis’.
Between 20:10 and 20:50 hours, white paint was thrown over the officers unmarked Ford Mondeo that was parked next to the LAS vehicle.
A member of the public alerted officers after spotting the car.
In recent weeks, metal bolts have been thrown at other police vehicles which have been parked on the same estate.
The damaged police vehicle forms part of the Met’s Crisis Assessment Team (CAT) which is deployed across the south London area.
The CAT consists of police officers working in partnership with experienced mental health professionals from South London and Maudsley NHS Trust responding to live, often critical, incidents involving mental health.
The pilot scheme was initially developed in December 2017 to reduce the demand on emergency service resources and to provide frontline expert assistance to agencies attending.
Police Sergeant Terry Collman, said:
“The damage to this vehicle has resulted in it being unserviceable. In turn, this will have an impact on our ability to respond to incidents involving mental health in the area.
“Damage to police property, such as this, is quite literally reducing the level of service that local people can access.
“If you have any information that could assist our investigation please do get in touch.”
Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information that could identify the person responsible is being asked to call 101.
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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