Footage has emerged of the moment two Police Forward Intelligence Team (FIT) Officers stopped a large group of around 40 football fans from fighting.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said:
“At around 16:42hrs officers became aware of a large group of males fighting in the Hawkstone Road area.
“One male aged in his 20s was discovered suffering from a slash wound to the face.
“He was taken by LAS to a south London hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening.
“A crime scene remains in place.
“Officers worked to separate the groups with support from the Mounted Branch and Dog Support Unit.
“At this early stage, there have been no arrests”.
Detective Inspector Darren Young, of the South Central Command Unit, said:
“The behaviour of those involved in this incident is nothing short of disgraceful and those involved can be certain we will be working to identify them.
“We are aware of the video circulating online, which has quite rightly elicited shock and disgust.
“We are looking at it and urge anyone with information that could assist police to call 101 referring CAD 5117/26 Jan.”
Despite being heavily outnumbered, the two officers jumped over a wall and put themselves between to the two crowds.
The role of FIT Officers is to gather intelligence at events where disorder occurs so that individuals involved in any trouble can be identified at a later date.
Officers from the Mounted Branch also managed to assist with breaking the crowd up, as can be seen in the footage below:
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