London weekly the Newham Recorder has been praised by police for its coverage of the London riots.
In a letter to editor Colin Grainger the acting Newham borough commander Sean Vickers expressed his ‘deepest thanks and gratitude’to the paper’s staff, adding that local officers had taken the paper home to show their families.
‘It has been, with recent events, a very difficult time for the Metropolitan Police Service,’said Vickers. ‘The large scale disorder that has been seen in the streets of London is not something that will be forgotten in hast.”
He added: ‘I am extremely grateful of the excellent use of your newspaper, website and social messaging sites. The Newham Recorder delivered accurate and informative messages to the residence of Newham. Without your assistance, it would have been difficult to facilitate.”
Another officer wrote to the Recorder, which is owned by Archant, saying: ‘I felt the need to write to you, as today’s Newham Recorder was absolutely fantastic – there are simply no other words to describe it.
‘Everyone in the station is reading it, talking about it and taking it home for their families to see. The reporting has been accurate and definitely great to read.”
Editor Colin Grainger said: ‘We are facing difficult times at present. Letters and messages like this make all our hard work and effort worth while.”