§ Mr. Proctor
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis concerning incidents of public disorder which took place in Hounslow on Monday and Tuesday, 22 and 23 November; and if he will make a statement on the nature of these disturbances.
§ Mr. Mayhew
We understand from the Commissioner that at approximately 11.30 pm on Monday 22 November two petrol bombs were thrown at a police patrol car on the Beavers Housing estate, Hounslow, driven by a woman police officer answering a hoax call. One of the bombs hit the car, but the officer was not injured. Five more petrol bombs were subsequently found in the area. Eight people have been arrested on charges of causing criminal damage by fire with intent to endanger life. Some of these people had been among seven arrested as a result of a disturbance at a nearby public house on the previous Saturday night, in which six police officers were injured.