Footage has been shared on social media of the moment when police officers in east London came under a prolonged and sustained attack.
In the footage below, violent mobs can be seen throwing large rocks and bottles at police officers and police dogs.
The 17-minute footage, filmed by a reporter working with ‘Kent 999s’ on Seven Sisters Road, Ilford, show officers having to dodge a hail of rocks, bottles and other missiles as they are goaded and taunted by the thugs.
Police dogs narrowly avoided being hit by the large rocks which were thrown indiscriminately by the violent mob.
Elsewhere in London, one police officer was hospitalised, and another was injured after police were called by concerned members of the public who reported that yet another illegal; ‘block party’ was taking place in Hackney.
Officers were called to the Woodberry Down Estate in Hackney at 23:00 hours last night.
Residents had called the police to complain about the noise and anti-social behaviour.
When officers arrived on the scene, they tried to speak to the crowd to try and convince them to leave the illegal gathering peacefully.
However, as we have seen more-or-less every weekend over the last six weeks, the crowd became hostile towards officers and refused to engage with them.
A Dispersal Zone was authorised under s35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, and a section 60 order was also implemented. Specially trained level two public order officers entered the estate to disperse the group.
They were met with further hostility and violence as items including canisters, bottles and a bicycle were thrown at police.
Two officers suffered injuries. One was taken to hospital having sustained bruising to his ribs. He has since been discharged.
The other officer sustained a leg injury but was able to complete the remainder of his duty.
Two males, aged 18 and 19, were arrested; one for violent disorder and obstruction and the latter for obstruction.
All those in attendance were cleared from the area by around 0400hrs.
Over 200 police officers in London alone have now been injured during several weeks of violence in the capital.
DAC Lucy D’Orsi said:
“Officers responded to calls from residents concerned about a large gathering, noise, anti-social behaviour and violence. The violence and disorder they encountered is totally unacceptable as is the fear I am sure this generates amongst the local community, who called the police for help.
“In this case the irresponsible actions of the organiser led to injuries to our officers. Under no circumstance will policing accept this particularly after we had appealed for such events not to take place.
“We have seen an increase in unlicensed music events which, as well as being very disruptive to communities and irresponsible in terms of posing an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission, they have in some cases led to violence which affects both those attending and the officers who have to shut them down as well as causing fear and anxiousness in local communities who we help and protect.
“We are already reviewing CCTV footage and officers’ body-worn footage to bring those who committed offences to justice.
“Officers will continue to patrol this weekend in increased numbers to keep communities safe. They will be engaging with local communities but will also be using tactics such as stop and search. Those who go to unlicensed music events are putting themselves, their families and their communities at risk. I urge anyone considering attending an event like this to re-think their plans.
“Officers will be out across London, closing these events down, and they will arrest anyone suspected of criminal offences.”
The Met has asked anyone who can assist with them with their enquiries, by providing images and video, to call 101 ref CAD 322/18Jul.
The public can also report suspected UMEs by calling 101, by tweeting @MetCC or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
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