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Images released following Hyde Park disorder

News   •  Jul 20, 2016 17:24 BST

The Metropolitan Police Service is appealing for the public's help as part of an investigation into disorder and violence at three separate events in the Capital last night.

As part of that appeal, detectives have released images of four men they wish to identify. It is believed that three of the men were involved in violent disorder in Hyde Park and the fourth in Marble Arch.

Commander Nick Downing, said: “We are asking for the public’s help to identify these four men, to give us any information they may have about anyone else who was involved in the disorder last night and looking ahead, any information about future plans for such disorder.

“A lovely day in the Capital turned violent in Hyde Park, Burgess Hill and Stamford Hill last night after spontaneous events turned nasty and people attacked each other and the police.

“We put in place a graduated policing response at each site, after talking to the people present failed to stop the situations.

“Tonight we’ve increased the number of police officers on duty, and cancelled anymore leave so we keep extra officers out on our streets right through until the weekend.”

The investigation is being led by detectives from the Specialist Crime and Operations’ Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC).

HMCC are using their resources and expertise to quickly identify, arrest and bring to justice those who committed crime, including grievous bodily harm, robbery, criminal damage and violent disorder.

Detectives are specifically appealing to anyone who was at any of the following locations and may have filmed footage of the events immediately prior to offences being committed, during disorder and the aftermath, to send them to police via www.ukpoliceimageappeal.com or www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk

- Hyde Park, Westminster;

- McDonalds, 2-4 Marble Arch, Westminster;

- Burgess Park, Southwark;

- Tesco's store, Old Kent Road;

- Malvern House, Stamford Hill Estate, Hackney.

An incident room is up and running and anyone who has any information or who witnessed crime taking place can call the incident room on 020 8785 8244.

Commander Downing concluded: “The reason we step in to stop unlicensed music events from happening is simple - they aren’t safe. Events like these disrupt and scare neighbours, attract people intent on violence and crime; plus there is no guarantee that the venue is safe and often no one is keeping an eye out to stop trouble.

“If you are thinking of going along to an event check it’s licensed. If you are a parent and know your child is going out tonight check that where they are going is safe for them. It’s quite simply not worth the risk to go along to an event that could quickly spiral out of control.

“Our investigation team is now reviewing hours of CCTV to identify people who broke the law last night and arrest them.”