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Seven arrested at illegal gatherings after police vow to take action
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June 27, 2020 at 8:52 pm

Seven people have been arrested and two weapons seized by police at illegal gatherings in London in the past 24 hours.

The arrests include two people in Newham who were carrying a firearm and a “Rambo-style” knife respectively, the Metropolitan Police said, after tackling unlicensed events across the capital for a third consecutive night.

Meanwhile, five people were arrested at another music event in Third Avenue, West Kilburn, including two for attacking police officers. The Met added two officers were injured overnight but did not require hospital treatment.

It comes after Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick vowed to shut down events that flout health regulations.

Officers were called to Newham at 4.50pm on Friday after receiving reports from concerned residents about a sound system being set up in Hoskins Close by a large group of people.

Three more people were arrested in Third Avenue on suspicion of violent disorder, a breach of Covid health regulations and racially aggravated public order towards officers.

Two other people were arrested at the same event for attacks on officers – one for throwing a bar stool at an officer, who was uninjured, and the other for racially abusing an officer.

Commander Bas Javid, of the Met’s frontline policing team, said: “All of the events which took place last night were illegal and in breach of the Covid regulations. We had officers out across the capital working hard to disperse them.”

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