Police are appealing for the public’s assistance to help identify eight people they would like to speak to in connection with the violent disorder at an unlicensed music event in Whitgift Street, SE1 on Saturday, 31 October.
Late on Saturday, 31 October, officers attended a disused building in Whitgift Street, SE1 following reports of public disorder and criminal damage at an unlicensed music event.
Upon arrival, they were confronted with missiles being thrown at them.
A large number of revellers became increasingly violent.
Extra resources from the Metropolitan Police Service were brought in and shortly before 06:00hrs officers entered the venue and stopped the event under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.
Nineteen police officers and one police dog received injuries and were treated at the scene, with some hospitalised for a short time.
16 people have been arrested in connection with this incident, mainly for violent disorder.
Two have been charged. The first has been charged with assault on police. The second has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon. The other 14 arrested have now been bailed.
A full investigation has now been launched the by Met’s Public Order Investigation Unit.
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Chief Superintendent Pippa Mills said: “In challenging circumstances, officers demonstrated restraint and professionalism to protect themselves and members of the public present in the area.
I would also like to pay tribute to the local residents for their patience and support.”
“There is no excuse for violence, crime and disorder, being carried out on our streets. In addition to the sixteen arrests we have already made, we now carrying out a full post-event investigation and this includes reviewing CCTV. If you recognise any of these people please contact us and let us know.”
+ Local officers remain present in the area to help provide reassurance to the local community and support the local authority with the ongoing clean up operation.
Anyone with information which can assist the investigation is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.