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UPDATE: Investigation following unlicensed music event in Hammersmith and Fulham

News   •   Jul 04, 2020 18:43 BST

Police have launched an investigation following disorder at an unlicensed music event in Hammersmith.

On the evening of Friday, 3 July officers were called to reports of a number of people gathered at an unlicensed music event in Havelock Close, Hammersmith and Fulham W12.

Officers attempted to engage the crowd in order to get them to leave the location but the group became hostile. A number of items were thrown at police, who retreated in order to regroup.

Shortly after, specially trained public order officers entered the estate to disperse the group. They were met with further hostility and violence.

A Dispersal Zone was authorised under s35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 and a section 60 order was also implemented.

We are aware of injuries to eleven officers as a result of the hostility. None were seriously injured however two have suffered broken bones.

All those in attendance had been dispersed by around 01:15hrs.

There have been no arrests at this time.

Detective Chief Inspector Luke Wyllie, investigating, said: “We are in the process of identifying those involved in violence and disorder last night. We are yet to make arrests however enquiries are well underway and we will not allow those intent on causing harm get away with this behaviour.

“There is an increased policing presence this weekend and officers will be out providing reassurance to the local community.”

DAC Laurence Taylor said: “Officers have responded to residents complaining about a large gathering, noise, anti-social behaviour and violence.

“These gatherings are illegal and also pose a risk to public health.

“The violence shown towards officers this evening was totally unacceptable and we will not tolerate it in any form. Officers encountered bricks and other missiles being thrown at them. Our robust police response demonstrated that we will police incidents like these firmly and stop those intent on causing harm or disruption to our communities.”