Police warning over Margaret Thatcher funeral crime

  • 11 April 2013
  • From the section London

Police have promised to "deal with" anyone committing criminal acts during Margaret Thatcher's funeral next week.

A ceremonial funeral, with full military honours, is to be held in London on Wednesday for the former Prime Minister.

On Monday, when Baroness Thatcher died, two women were arrested during a party in London to celebrate her passing.

The Metropolitan Police say they are making resources available to deal with possible disturbances.

A protest is reportedly going being planned for Trafalgar Square to coincide with the funeral procession, which will begin at the Palace of Westminster the culminate at St Paul's Cathedral, where the service will be held.

Cdr Christine Jones revealed the force was working with specialist intelligence units as part of the security operation.

"If you want to come to London to commit crime we will deal with you. But if you want to come to London to exercise your right to protest we will facilitate that in a safe way," she said.

"The fact is, peaceful protest is a democratic right. It's part of life in London, part of life in a democracy.

"But where that translates into crime and criminal activity, or incitement to crime and violence, then clearly there's a need to act and we will do so."

On the day of Lady Thatcher's death, there were small gatherings of people across the UK, notably in London, Glasgow and Bristol, with those taking part claiming to celebrate the occasion.