London chaos: Police pelted with bottles after violence ERUPTS at rave in White City
Footage from the scene shows officers being chased down a street by a mob throwing glass bottles and beer cans. The event took place on the Havelock Close estate in White City close to the Westfield shopping centre.
Territorial Support Group officers, who specialise in crowd control, are understood to be in attendance.
Police are urging revellers to depart the area immediately.
According to social media reports a police helicopter is also at the scene.
In a statement the Metropolitan police said: “Police are aware of a number of people gathered this evening at an unlicensed music event in Havelock Close W12.
“Officers are in attendance & engaging with those present and encouraging them to leave.”
There have been a number of violent clashes in London over the past few weeks between police and partygoers attending illegal raves.
A Section 60 dispersal order was put in place by police ahead of the event.
This means officers can stop and search people in the area if there is a risk of serious violence breaking out.
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“Please be aware that the police helicopter may be deployed to the area for extended periods of time.”
A number of Twitter users took to the social media site to express their confusion and horror at events.
One man named Alex tweeted: “I wonder what’s going on tonight over White City/Shepherd’s Bush area (W12).
“A very noisy (police?) helicopter has been circling in the sky for over an hour, it’s bedtime and it’s very disturbing on a Friday night.”
Another Londoner commented: “White City is absolutely kicking off tonight, this helicopter has been here for like an hour now.”
A number of illegal raves, held during the coronavirus lockdown, have led to clashes with police over the past few weeks.
On June 25, 22 officers were injured when they were attacked after attempting to shut down an unlicensed event in Brixton, south London.
Of those injured two required hospital treatment.
In a statement Boris Johnson’s spokesman condemned the violence commenting: “These were appalling scenes.
“Violence against the police will not be tolerated.
“Anyone who assaults the police or emergency service workers should face the full force of the law.”
Published at Fri, 03 Jul 2020 23:07:00 +0000