Of images on social media showed a line of police withdrawing from the crowds of people that were running on them with makeshift weapons on Cecilia Road near the area of Angell Town in Brixton on Wednesday night.
Bottles were thrown on the officers and in one video, a man appeared wielding a long pole on them when he said: “stand Back. “
Two other men were seen carrying a large wooden table before laying on the ground and pull the legs and then run to the police, who started to flee as the crowd approached them.
Two men could be seen at the top of a police car, smashing the windshield with a foot of the table and their feet.
Another man had what appeared to be a plank of wood and struck the back of a pickup truck police with it before it is hunted.
After the departure of the police, images showed a part of the crowd fighting.
The Interior minister, Priti Patel, has called the incident ” vile “.
She tweeted: “These are scenes that are absolutely despicable. Last weekend, all over the country met to congratulate our police officers heroic to have put their lives in danger to keep us safe.
“I’ll get in touch immediately with the commissioner of the Met. “
This are scenes quite vile.
Last weekend, all over the country met to congratulate our heroic police officers have put their lives in danger to ensure our safety.
I’ll resume with the commissioner met immediately. https://t.co/576qcLY89g
– Priti Patel (@pritipatel) June 25, 2020
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I am in touch with the Met about the events totally unacceptable that occurred in Brixton overnight.
“Violence against the police will not be tolerated. Large gatherings during COVID-19 are deeply irresponsible and risk the lives of others. ”
A press release from the police said that police officers had been called to the scene Wednesday night after numerous calls from residents about a large street party not authorized.
The officers tried to encourage the crowd to leave because large gatherings are not allowed because of the isolation of the coronavirus, but ” they are not maintained with the police “, according to the release.
Other officers were called to the scene and the group has become hostile to them and, in spite of an order of dispersal area, the crowd remained.
None of the police officers was seriously hurt, but two had to be hospitalized.
Four people have been arrested for assault and public order offenses and are still in police custody.
The crowd eventually left in the small hours of Thursday, and police now running orders of arrest and search warrants in the area ” to prevent violence “, according to the release.
The commander of the district of Lambeth, Colin Wingrove said: “Our role is to protect the public and to ensure compliance with guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19 protecting the NHS and save lives.
“Our officers work incredibly hard to engage and explain the public health message and the regulations to prevent such gatherings. ”
He qualified the raising of “illegal” and said they represented a risk to public health.
“The violence against officers is completely unacceptable and we would not tolerate in any form “, he added.
“An investigation into this incident is ongoing and those involved will be brought to justice. “