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Police break up further illegal raves as extra officers deployed in London

Police officers attempting to disperse crowds at an illegal rave in Notting Hill, west London, have been have been attacked by revellers.

Scotland Yard said objects were thrown at officers who were trying to manage hoards of people at an event at Colville Gardens.

Officers remain at the scene, Kensington and Chelsea Police said on Twitter.

Officers are at the scene of an unlicensed music event near Colville Gardens, #W11. Objects have been thrown at officers dispersing the crowd. Violence will not be tolerated & units are responding appropriately. This gathering is illegal & we ask anyone in attendance to leave.

— Kensington & Chelsea Police (@MPSKenChel) June 26, 2020

Sky News reporter Noel Phillips attended the scene of a separate illegal rave in Tottenham, north London, where police officers congregated near a crowd of people outside a venue.

Earlier, the Met Police said extra police officers had been deployed across London overnight as further illegal raves, music events and block parties were anticipated.

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It comes after more than 20 officers were injured and police cars smashed up during "significant disorder" following an illegal street party in Brixton, south London on Wednesday night.

Police said they will continue to engage with communities and respond to emergency calls as usual, but "will not tolerate the violence we have recently seen in London".

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Commander Bas Javid said: "We remain in a public health crisis and these unlicensed events are illegal.

"Our role is to keep our communities safe and this evening people can expect to see a heightened police presence out in areas where we know these events are taking place.

"This is in direct response to concerns expressed by our communities, many of whom were scared and shocked by the events taking place outside their homes."

22 officers hurt during illegal street party

Mr Javid said that the additional officers have been equipped with enhanced personal protective gear and may have teams from the Dog Support Unit with them.

He added: "We cannot accept the levels of violence that were directed towards our officers… and the damage caused to public and private property."

Volunteers helped clean up the road after party goers threw bottles and threatened police
Image: Volunteers helped clean up the road after party goers threw bottles and threatened police

Footage on social media from Wednesday night showed a line of police retreating from crowds of people running at them with makeshift weapons on Overton Road near the Angell Town estate in Brixton.

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