Seven arrested over illegal gatherings across London in police crackdown – Evening Standard

Police have arrested seven people within 24 hours following a spate of illegal gatherings in London.

The arrests include two people in east London, who were carrying a “Rambo-style” knife and a gun between them.

Officers were called to the area at 4.50pm on Friday after local residents reported that a large group of people were setting up a sound system in Hoskins Close, Newham.

Three more people were arrested at an event in Third Avenue, near Kensal Green, on suspicion of violent disorder, a breach of Covid-19 health regulations and racially aggravated public order towards officers.

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Another two people were arrested at the same event for attacks on officers – one for throwing a bar stool at an officer, who was uninjured, and the other for racially abusing an officer.

Two officers suffered injuries whilst policing the incidents but did not require hospital treatment.

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Scotland Yard Commander Bas Javid said: “All of the events which took place last night were illegal and in breach of the Covid regulations. We had officers out across the capital working hard to disperse them.

“The vast majority of people who attended engaged with officers and moved away from the locations without issue. However, again, a number refused to leave and became violent. We have made it very clear this type of behaviour will not be tolerated and there are a number of post-event investigations now under way.

“Residents living near where these events took place were understandably scared and concerned. We received numerous calls for police to attend and disperse the large, intimidating groups.

“Our officers have done a very good job in some very difficult circumstances. I applaud the way they have been able to tackle some difficult situations. The seizure of two lethal weapons overnight further emphasises why the dispersal of these events is crucial to protecting our communities.

“My big push to people today, particularly to those who have taken to disregarding the current health regulations, is to very much comply with those health regulations. They are there for your own safety, as well as that of your family and communities.”

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