Police Hit With Bricks And Bottles As They Try To Break Up Illegal Rave
Seven police officers were injured while trying to break up an illegal party in West London last night (3 July).
Videos of the incidents show the officers being fought back and chased away, while violent party-goers launched bottles, bricks and other objects at them.
The Metropolitan Police said that they were called to reports of anti-social behaviour at an 'unlicensed music event' on an estate in White City, west London.
A spokesperson said: "On the evening of Friday 3 July, officers were called to reports of a number of people gathered at an unlicensed music event in Havelock Close, Hammersmith and Fulham W12.
"Officers attempted to engage the crowd in order to get them to leave the location but the group became hostile. A number of items were thrown at police, who retreated in order to regroup.
"Shortly after, specially trained public order officers entered the estate to disperse the group.
"They were met with further hostility and violence. We are aware of injuries to seven officers as a result of the hostility.
"All those in attendance had been dispersed by around 1.15am. There have been no arrests at this time."
Around 200 police officers attended, with many wearing riot gear, in the hope of dispersing the crowd. A police helicopter was also deployed to the incident, which took place at around 8pm.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "It's disgraceful that police officers came under attack with some suffering injuries at an illegal gathering in White City last night.
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"Violence against the police will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be caught and prosecuted."
He added that extra police would be out on Saturday.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said seven officers had suffered injuries as a result of the clashes.
"Officers have responded to residents complaining about a large gathering, noise, anti-social behaviour and violence," he said.
"These gatherings are illegal and also pose a risk to public health.
"The violence shown towards officers this evening was totally unacceptable and we will not tolerate it in any form. Officers encountered bricks and other missiles being thrown at them.
"Our robust police response demonstrated that we will police incidents like these firmly and stop those intent on causing harm or disruption to our communities."
The incident came a week after 140 officers were injured while trying to break up a series of illegal raves.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick announced on Saturday 29 June that around 140 officers had been injured in London during the previous three weeks.
Dick said the aggression shown to the force at recent street parties was 'utterly unacceptable'.
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