Leicestershire Police’s Temporary Chief Constable attended Edinburgh with some respected community members earlier this week, at the request of The King, so that they could discuss the recent events in East Leicester.
The King and the Queen Consort were meeting around 300 members of the British South Asian community at a reception in Edinburgh on Monday (October 3), to recognise the contributions they have made to the country. In addition, an invite was sent through to Leicestershire Police to attend so that His Majesty, King Charles could discuss the recent disorder in East Leicester.
On entering the main reception, His Majesty spoke with Temporary Chief Constable Rob Nixon and the group, which included the East Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Commander Inspector Yakub Ismail plus representatives from The Federation of Muslims, the Hindu community, the Daman community and also a young person representing the Dui community in Leicester.
“It was a real privilege to meet His Majesty The King on his first public engagement since the Queen’s death and I thought it was significant that he wanted to understand what had been happening in Leicester,” said Mr Nixon.
“He was obviously appreciative of what our role has been in terms of policing, and he was very, very interested in hearing the community voice and how the wider communities and so many key people within them are pulling together to bring back harmony along with also understanding the role of social media and misinformation and how that can cause increased tension.
“I am hopeful that he might consider coming to visit Leicester in the not too distant future but we shall have to see.”
The King met with guests for just over an hour, of British Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Nepalese, Bhutanese and Maldivian heritage from across the UK.