Police shot at with fireworks in crackdown on illegal Halloween raves

Police have been shot at with fireworks while breaking up a party of 300 youths amid a crackdown on illegal Halloween raves.

Officers attended the party on Glasshouse Walk, Lambeth, shortly before midnight on Friday (October 29) following reports of fireworks being set off.

They found 300 youths living it large at a community centre and attempted to disperse the crowd.

A number of fights broke out and fireworks were thrown at officers.

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One officer was injured and the crowds were dispersed by 1.20am.

Later that night, officers were made aware of another illegal rave in the railway arches on Corbetts Lane, Southwark. Around 150 people were dispersed by police and the sound system was seized.

The officers left the second scene at 3.45am.

It wasn’t South Londoners who were having all the fun though.

Over in Bethnal Green, police broke up a party before it had time to develop. They attended an address on Birkbeck Street.

There were 30 people at the scene but they quickly left.

Further warrants were carried out in Southwark and Camden with three people arrested and a “quantity” of drugs, knives and other weapons found.

Chief Inspector Jack May-Robinson said: “Whilst we appreciate that a lot of people will be celebrating Halloween this weekend with house parties, there are a number of people who will choose to host large music events.

“These gatherings blight the lives of local residents. They often attract anti-social behaviour and can be dangerous environments for those attending them.

“Where we identify an event, we work hard to ensure that appropriate action is taken and equipment is seized to prevent attendees from moving to another location.

“Extra patrols are taking place all over London to maintain public safety. I would urge anyone with concerns to contact police so that we can interrupt these UMEs before they escalate.”

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