Police forces around the country have reported yet another night of significant disorder and violence directed at officers.
Merseyside Police claimed that there was “significant disorder” as Liverpool fans turned out for a second night to ‘celebrate’ the club’s first league title in 30-years.
One video that has been uploaded to social media showed ‘fans’ near the waterfront as a large firework was aimed at a balcony of the Liver Building.
As the firework struck the building, scores of fans can be heard to cheer and raise their fists in the air.
Four fire engines from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service were sent to the scene. A fire that had started on a balcony was extinguished by firefighters.
Later on in the evening, the disorder started to spread. The Liverpool Echo shared a video which showed glass bottles being thrown at the police.
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police confirmed that there had been “significant disorder” throughout the night.
Officers were forced to implement a dispersal order to clear the streets.
Inspector Uren says:
“We know a lot of Liverpool fans want to celebrate their Premier League win, but there is a time and a place for this – and this weekend is neither.
“Tonight, we have seen masses of people flock to the Pier Head area heightening the risk of spreading COVID-19.
“We want you to have a good time, but only when that time is right, so please continue following government guidelines.
“By no means should you completely ignore social distancing measures – we must act responsibly whatever the circumstance. Protect yourselves and each other.”
Meanwhile, in London, yet more unlicensed ‘street parties’ descended into violent disorder.
Bottles were thrown at police officers as they tried to break up an illegal gathering in west London.
Various footage which has been shared on social media appears to show scores of people in a stand-off with the police outside of a block of flats in Harrow Road.
One of the videos showed officers being pelted with various missiles.
Police in Newham (east London) reported that a male had been arrested and a firearm seized after a large gathering in the borough.
A spokesperson for Newham Police said:
“A man has been arrested, and a firearm has been seized following reports of a large gathering in Newham.
“Police were called to Hoskins Close, E16 at 16:49hrs to a report of a large gathering of people who were setting up a sound system.
“Officers attended and dispersed the crowd, they remained on scene, and a suspected firearm was discovered, it was immediately seized.
“Following enquiries in the area, a suspect was identified and was arrested for possession of a firearm”.
Around 100 officers were deployed to another unlicensed event in Maida Vale where more reports emerged of police officers coming under attack.
It follows more violence that erupted in Notting Hill on Thursday night after 22 Met Police officers were injured during widespread disorder in Brixton on Thursday night.
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