London: Children told ‘stay home’ from Blackheath fairground

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Children have been told to ‘stay at home’ amid reports of a ‘large-scale’ disorder and stabbing at a funfair in London.

Police have been sent to the funfair in Circus Field, Blackheath to break up the incident and the event has been shut down.

Footage shared online showed large numbers of officers at the site, creating a human barrier and dispersing crowds.

A helicopter could also be heard circling overhead as people left the event.

The Metropolitan police said officers were ‘dealing with reports of antisocial behaviour and a number of assaults at Greenwich Park’.

The force said a stabbing has also been reported but no victim has been found.

Three people have been arrested for possession of an offensive weapon and related offences, the Met said in a statement.

A section 60 order has been placed around Greenwich Park and Blackheath Common and will remain in place until 7am tomorrow.

Lots of police were seen breaking up crowds (Picture: @NewtonAidan1)

⚠️Following the disorder at #Blackheath funfair we are asking all parents to make sure their children are nowhere near the area, for their own safety.

— Royal Borough of Greenwich (@Royal_Greenwich) April 12, 2022

The power allows police to stop and search anyone within the specified area.

Greenwich Police said the order had been put in place following ‘a number of incidents of violence in the area’.

Mathew Pennycock, Labour MP for Greenwich and Woolwich, tweeted: ‘I’m aware of the large-scale disorder taking place on Circus Field, Blackheath.

‘The police are deploying extra resource.

‘Please avoid the area. If you believe your child is at the funfair or in the area, please ask them to return home immediately.’

One person who is understood to have been at the funfair when the ‘disturbance’ occurred said they didn’t see ‘any actual violence’ but did report seeing ‘an enormous group of youths stampeding up and down the fair’.

They said the group were ‘generally being a nuisance’.

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