Police Pelted With Bottles As They Try To Break Up Illegal Rave
Police were hit with bottles and other objects as they attempted to break up an illegal rave in London.
Police attended the street party in Kensal Town, but were met with resistance from party-goers who started to pelt cops with projectiles. Footage shared on social media shows dozens of people in a stand-off with police officers in riot gear.
Last night's incident was just one in a series of illegal raves that have ended in trouble in London, with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick announcing that around 140 offices had been injured in London during the last three weeks.
Dick said the aggression shown to the force at recent street parties was 'utterly unacceptable'.
She said: "These events are unlawful. They shouldn't be happening and we have a duty to go and close them down and to disperse them.
"The local communities hate them, (it is) incredibly anti-social behaviour, very noisy during a pandemic and sometimes (there is) violence.
"For our officers who are simply doing their duty to be attacked is utterly unacceptable."
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She also urged members of the public to come forward and report instances of illegal parties, saying: "Tell us about unlicensed music events. We will come and close them down.
"My message to my officers is that I will support you and I will do everything I can to ensure that you are able to do your job to your best ability and that you are well equipped."
Similar illegal raves have taken place up and down the country, with Greater Manchester Police breaking up 39 illegal gatherings in a day.
One officer was injured after attempting to disperse a crowd of around 150 people in Longside, Manchester.
Assistant Chief Constable Mabs Hussain from Greater Manchester Police told the BBC: "Officers do not deserve to be treated in this way."
He called the attack 'unacceptable', adding: "These officers will be there for them in times of need, so attacking someone who will also be there for you in your own time of need will not be tolerated."
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