Leicester riots: Revellers encouraged to go out in city

Jim Steel, from Jacobs in Leicester, helping to clean-up the damage to the shop
Image caption Stores were damaged during disorder in Leicester on Tuesday night

A senior police officer has said people should not avoid Leicester city centre at the weekend despite recent disorder.

Nine people were arrested for minor public order offences on Friday night, which brought the total number of arrests to 70 - 35 have been charged.

On Tuesday night, gangs ran through Leicester city centre attacking shops and confronting police.

Ch Supt Rob Nixon said high visibility patrols would continue in the city and county over the weekend.

"It's business as usual. I saw a real reduction in footfall last night in the city centre.

"My words of advice are there are so many police officers who will be on duty in and around both the city and the county, so go and enjoy yourself," Ch Supt Nixon said.

An 18-year-old man who handed himself in following publication of CCTV footage was among those arrested on Friday night.

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