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Update: Civil Disturbances in England

Civil Disturbances Throughout Greater London and Urban Areas Across England

10 August 2011

The U.S. Embassy London advises U.S. citizens that over the past five days there have been a large number of civil disturbances throughout Greater London and urban areas across England.  The situation remains fluid and U.S. citizens are reminded of the following general measures to be considered at any time and place:

  • Follow local media reports and be aware of what is going on around you;
  • If you find yourself near any civil unrest, leave;
  • If you see trouble move away from the scene;
  • Don’t engage with those causing disturbance;
  • Do not challenge debate or make unwise comments.  This will only increase your chance of becoming a victim of violence; and
  • If you find yourself in trouble and it is an emergency call the police first, only then, if necessary, reach out to the Embassy;

To reach the American Citizen Services section of the U.S. Embassy in London, call 0207 499 9000 or email More information about the services we provide to American citizens is available on our website at

U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad can also get global updates at the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and health-information resources can be found.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada or, for callers in other areas by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).