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The Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff has written to the David Shaw, Chief Constable of West Mercia, expressing serious concerns about the promotion of a “Riot Training Experience" at a location near Droitwich.

Peter said,

“After last summer’s riots, we should certainly not being helping people to understand how to riot better - but that appears to be exactly what’s happening in Worcestershire right now.”

The experience is provided through the website and is their third most popular experience after “Zombie Battle London” and “Zombie Boot Camp”.

In its promotion of the “experience” the website offers a graphic video and says,

“I predict a riot! Learn the basics of riot control as a copper - then swap over at half-time.

“There is nothing more embarrassing than turning up to police a riot and realising you haven’t grasped basic etiquette. Worry no more, as we now offer the UK's first Riot Training Experience.

“In this full throttle experience, the mysteries, intrigues and fundamental steps of basic riot control will be revealed. Who runs at who, good/bad things to wave about and which way up to hold your riot shield.”

Peter’s representations to the Chief Constable follow anonymous letters from his constituents complaining about the “training” being offered. In his letter, Peter says,

“I can see why they would be outraged.

“I am clear that it is not a good idea to teach people how to riot (even if the company’s website contains a strong warning that rioting or inciting riots are against the law); nor is it sensible to teach people to understand police tactics.

“How concerned should I be about these events? Are they just harmless adrenaline days out which are on the extreme side but acceptable (which the organisers will claim) or are they, as I believe, a serious threat to public order?

“Is the West Mercia Constabulary aware of these courses, and are any laws being broken already by the organisers? Your guidance would be greatly appreciated before I make representations to the Home Secretary seeking a ban on activities of this kind.”


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