POLICE dispersed hundreds of people gathering in two of London’s parks for the fourth night of illegal raves in the capital.
The cops attempted to close two large “unlicensed musical events” that caused “significant disruption” after hundreds of people crowded onto Clapham Common and Tooting Bec Common.
This is the fourth day of illegal raves in the capital, which has forced the Met Police to improve their operations.
Specially trained officers took to the streets of London to disperse the unlicensed rave at Tooting and the unofficial Pride event in Clapham.
Met Police Events tweeted, “The officers are on the scene of two major unlicensed musical events at Clapham Common and Tooting Bec Common.
“They disperse the people present.
“We understand their impact on the local community.
“The officers will remain on both stages until the end of the events. ”
In the meantime, a third illegal rave has reportedly been held at Springfield Park in Hackney.
Two people were stabbed nearby, but it is unknown whether there is a connection.
About 1,000 cops were on standby Saturday ready to deal with any problems after three nights of unrest at street parties in the capital.
This happened 24 hours after illegal street parties broke out in Kensal Green, Newham and Maida Vale yesterday, with seven people arrested after police were bombed with objects.
Officers also broke another rave in Tottenham, north of London.
Dispersion orders – giving the police the power to move people – have been issued in Hackney, Upminster, Lewisham, Kingston, Notting Hill and Paddington.
Police commander Bas Javid said the officers “did a very good job in some difficult circumstances”.
And he warned: “If these situations fall into chaos and violence and disorder, which is totally unacceptable, we will take a much deeper and firmer position. ”
The unrest in Clapham and Tooting Bec comes as the capital combats illegal rallies for the fourth time this week.
Commander Bas Javid said in a video tweeted by force: “As today’s protests end, we are maintaining a large police presence in London this evening.
“It is because, throughout the past week, we have seen a series of unauthorized musical events taking place in London, some of which have fallen into disarray.
These events are illegal, they are not regulated and we will take a very firm stand against them.
Commander Bas Javid, front line police
“It is something we will not tolerate.
“These events are illegal, they are not regulated and we will take a very firm stand against them. ”
He continued to say that the police had been informed that similar musical events were to take place this evening, prompting the team of “specially trained” officers to take to the streets of London.
He concluded: “We will take a very firm position and close these events. ”
Earlier this afternoon, people draped in bright rainbow colors were seen at Clapham Common for an “unofficial” pride rally.
London generally hosts one of the biggest pride events, attended by hundreds of thousands of people each year.
However, due to the coronavirus, the event that took place on Saturday has been postponed.
2020 marks the 48th official anniversary of Pride events in the UK – the first being held in London in July 1972.
Local, Paul Halliday, tweeted that there were “over 2,000 people” at Clapham Common, with the entire north side “hit” with no police officer in sight.
Dozens of officers were also injured in violent scenes in Brixton, south London, on Wednesday, which saw at least one police car ransacked and 22 injured.
Britain’s highest-ranking officer said police “had closed several of its doors before they even left,” but condemned the violence in Colville Gardens in Notting Hill as “completely , totally unacceptable ”.
She said, “These events are illegal. They shouldn’t happen and we have a duty to go and shut them up and disperse them.
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“Local communities hate them, (it’s) incredibly anti-social behavior, very noisy during a pandemic and sometimes (there is) violence.
“For our officers who simply do their duty to be attacked, this is completely unacceptable. “