LONDON - Clashes erupted between revellers and police during a third consecutive night of unlicensed street parties in London. Footage on social media shows officers with shields and helmets in a standoff with young people yesterday evening outside a block of flats in Harrow Road, Kensal Town. Bottles and other objects were thrown at riot police as one officer swung their club at a group standing under a gazebo. Attendees were also filmed jumping on top of vans and were flouting coronavirus social distancing rules. Police were called at around 3pm and were met with hostility as people refused to leave when asked. When the crowd eventually dispersed the Metropolitan Police imposed Section 60 stop and search powers in the area until 6am this morning. No arrests were made.
It comes after a huge street party on Wednesday night in Brixton, south London, in which vehicles were smashed up and 22 officers were injured. Officers were also attacked on Thursday night as they tried to break up an unlicensed music event in Notting Hill, west London. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said around 140 of the force’s officers had been injured in London over the past three weeks. In addition to recent street parties, pockets of violence have broken out in recent weeks at both at anti-racism protests and far-right counter demonstrations.(FA)