Right Honourable Mark Field,
I am a PhD student at Kings College who attended the protest in
Whitehall on the 24th of November. At the start of the gathering at
Whitehall I saw the abandoned police van. I was most concerned that it
might become a target for vandalism. Therefore before anyone had
damaged it I went straight to the police in front of the Treasury and
asked them why the van was there and suggested that they move it to
protect it. When the police ignored my request for them to protect
property and prevent a breach of the peace, I personally went the van
and told students not to touch the van. This led to some students
trying to stand between the van and a small group of protestors who
wished to damage the vehicle.
I asked myself why did the police refuse to do take any notice when
they were warned?
More distressing still was the fact that after graffitti was written
on the van the police still refused to act.
Then some people began to vandalise the van, police still refused to act.
Finally myself and a few dozen school girls stopped the attack on the van.
But still the police refused to secure their van.
Nearly two hours later a more serious attack on the van took place in
the entire time the police too no action to prevent this damage to
The impact of this is well known to you. Please can you make enquiries
of the police and government, asking why this happened? Please take
this up as a matter of urgency as you are aware we are dealing with an
I was most alarmed that the police then justified the kettling of
children on the basis that the damage to the van was a breach of the
From a study of the legal oath sworn by all serving police officers it
appears that by refusing to act that the officers at the scene
deliberately broke the spirit and letter of their oath to the Crown
"I, ... of ... do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I
will well and truly serve the Queen in the office of constable, with
fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality, upholding fundamental
human rights and according equal respect to all people; and that I
will, to the best of my power, cause the peace to be kept and
preserved and prevent all offences against people and property; and
that while I continue to hold the said office I will to the best of my
skill and knowledge discharge all the duties thereof faithfully
according to law."
Below I provide you with video evidence that shows that this
abdication of duty continued for 1hr and 55 minutes during which all
the officers present broke their oath.
Evidence of Abdication of Police responsibility “to prevent all
offences against people and property”
On this Sky News footage of the attack on the van you can see at 13.12
the van was intact except for some graffiti. School kids protect the
van, and the TV covered this. Why don’t police intervene to do what
these school girls are doing? If the crowds were considered violent
then why did the police refuse to intervene to protect these young
After the first video the students moved away from the van, in this
video from CNN you can see there is no one between police lines and
the van, yet the police did not secure their van, note the back
windows are not broken. At 0:47 you can see police on the steps of the
Treasury and almost no students in between, also at 0.49 you can see a
clear view through to the main police line in front of Parliament
square with almost no demonstrators in between, so why did the police
not intervene then to protect their van? At 1.24 they show earlier
footage to the end of the clip (compare numbers behind the reporter to
In the following video from Sky News you can see that it was 15.07
when the van was attacked again. I simply could not believe that
British police would stand by for 1hr 55minutes without making any
attempt to protect their van.
Please can you take this matter up with the utmost urgency?