A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police has said that the UK’s largest force is ‘prepared for the weekend ahead’ as it prepares itself for what could be a hectic weekend.
Thousands of officers will be on duty over the weekend, with many officers having to work overtime to provide the cover needed to ensure that law and order are maintained.
The Met confirmed that a ‘particular focus’ would be put on spontaneous unlawful music events.
Commissioner Cressida Dick said:
“We have seen some large numbers of people completely flouting the health regulations, seeming not to care at all about their own or their families’ health and wanting to have large parties.
“It is hot. Some people have drunk far too much. Some people are just angry and aggressive, and some people are plain violent.
“Tell us about unlicensed music events; we will close them down. I know that the local communities hate them as they cause anti-social behaviour, are noisy and illegal, and sometimes there is violence towards police officers simply doing their duty, which is completely and utterly unacceptable.
“We are prepared for the weekend, we have officers all over London working hard to keep the peace and to protect the public from violence and disorder.
“Anyone who breaks the law will face consequences.”
The Met said that it is aware of several marches which are taking place this weekend in central London that are “in support of a range of issues”.
The Commissioner added:
“My message to those considering joining any demonstration this weekend is find another way to make your voice heard.
“Please consider the danger you are placing yourself and your family by joining large crowds in a situation where social distancing is all but impossible.”
A spokesperson for the Met added:
“A proportionate policing operation is in place around a number of planned demonstrations, the majority of which are expected to take place in Westminster”.
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