Seven police officers have been injured as they tried to bring an end to an unlicensed music event in Havelock Close, Hammersmith and Fulham W12 last night (3rd July).
Officers were called to the area after residents and members of the public became increasingly concerned at the large and unruly unlicensed gathering.
Police attended the scene and attempted to engage with the crowd with the hope of convincing them to disperse from the area without any trouble.
However, the crowd started to throw bottles and other missiles at the police officers, forcing them to withdraw from the area to re-group.
The Met then deployed specially trained Level 1 & 2 public order officers in an attempt to try and disperse the hostile crowd.
As these officers entered the area, they were also met by violence.
Seven officers were injured during the violent clashes, meaning that in the last four weekends alone, nearly 200 officers have been injured during a month of prolonged unrest and spontaneous violence in the capital.
A spokesperson for the Met confirmed that no arrests had yet been made, but that body-worn video footage from the incident will be reviewed in order to identify and arrest those responsible.
Various videos of the violent clashes were uploaded to social media.
DAC Laurence Taylor said:
“Officers have responded to residents complaining about a large gathering, noise, anti-social behaviour and violence.
“These gatherings are illegal and also pose a risk to public health.
“The violence shown towards officers this evening was totally unacceptable, and we will not tolerate it in any form. Officers encountered bricks and other missiles being thrown at them.
“Our robust police response demonstrated that we will police incidents like these firmly and stop those intent on causing harm or disruption to our communities.”
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