By Tony Winterburn • 26 June 2020 • 12:42
Police form a protective line last night in Notting Hill. image credit: Twitter
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service in London, Cressida Dick, said the aggression shown to officers at recent illegal street parties in the capital has been “utterly unacceptable.”
Police officers have been attacked while attempting to disperse crowds at an illegal party for the second night in a row. The Met Police said objects were thrown at officers at an ‘unlicensed music event’ in Notting Hill, west London, in the early hours of Friday morning.
A local resident said there were “about 150-200 people” present with violence breaking out from about midnight. It comes after “appalling scenes” of violence at a street party in Brixton. Malcolm, who has lived in the area for 10 years, said that scores of people had gathered at the corner of Portobello Road and Blenheim Crescent from about 21.00 BST.
“After midnight it seemed to switch into more violent behaviour,” he said. He added it had been “pretty terrible round here” for the last few nights with “anti-social behaviour, alcohol, drugs and a huge amount of violence and disruption.”
Kensington and Chelsea police tweeted: “Officers are at the scene of an unlicensed music event near Colville Gardens, #W11. “Objects have been thrown at officers dispersing the crowd. Violence will not be tolerated and units are responding appropriately.”
Scotland Yard said in a statement on Facebook late on Thursday that its officers were undertaking an “enhanced policing operation” across the capital.
Footage on social media showed police vehicles smashed and officers pelted with bottles during clashes with a large crowd, with Downing Street condemning the scenes as “appalling” and Home Secretary Priti Patel calling the incident “utterly vile.”
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