The Metropolitan Police has issued a guide to Londoners about staying safe in the capital in light of the civil unrest.

The guide, published on the force’s website today, advises Londoners to go about their daily lives, but with “sensible precautions to ensure their safety."

Travel was the key area highlighted in the police's recommendation: the Met advised that all London residents only travel if absolutely necessary.

"We would advise members of the public to avoid any unnecessary travel to areas that have been affected by the events of the last couple of days and to keep safe by not putting themselves into vulnerable positions.

"It is possible that your journeys to and from work may be affected so think ahead and plan carefully. Stay alert and be aware of what is going on around you," read the Met's statement.

The London police force also recommended that Londoners check Transport for London's website (TFL) before travelling. The site's tools section will reportedly allow users to check which areas the riots have affected and plan their journey accordingly.

For more local information, people should visit local council websites, Twitter, and to sign up to the Neighbourhoodlink service, the Met suggested.

Those without internet access were pointed towards the London Travel Information phone-line on 020 7222 1234.

The London safety guide also addressed the growing number of youths being seen amongst the rioters, and requested that parents be extra-vigilant about their children's location.

The guide read: "Over the last couple of nights there have been a large numbers of young people placing themselves in situations that were dangerous and violent. We appeal to parents and all those responsible for young people to work together with police to ensure that youngsters do not get drawn into the kind of disorder we have seen.

"There is a role for the whole community – police, parents, schools, local leaders and others – to stand together and convey the message that crime and disorder will not be tolerated."

The police also requested that residents visit its Flickr account to see photographs of rioters. It went on to ask that those with information contact its incident room on 020 8345 4142.

Read the Metropolitan Police guide here here