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Police bust illegal lockdown party where 30 revellers pelted officers with drinks

Police bust illegal lockdown party where 30 revellers pelted officers with drinks and other missiles injuring eight and knocking one unconscious

  • Met Police officer knocked unconcious and another suffered suspected fracture 
  • Six other officers were left injured in the raid and police issued 30 £800 fines 
  • Two men, aged 17 and 18, and two women, aged 17 and 19, were arrested 
  • Police stumbled upon party by mistake while trying to find 2 robbery suspects 

A Met Police officer was knocked unconscious and another suffered a suspected hand fracture while trying to break up a ‘hostile’ lockdown-breaching party of 30.

Six other officers were left injured in the raid and police issued 30 £800 fines – one to each party attendee. 

Two men, aged 17 and 18, and two women, aged 17 and 19, were arrested following the gathering in Walworth, south London.

Bodycam footage showed police stumbling upon the party by mistake while trying to track down two robbery suspects who allegedly assaulted a passerby and stole his phone.

The 17-year-old male accused of stealing the phone was found at the party and arrested. The phone was also recovered.

Under current lockdown rules, households are banned from mixing indoors unless they form part of a legally-permitted support bubble.

A Met Police officer was knocked unconscious and another suffered a suspected hand fracture while trying to break up a ‘hostile’ lockdown-breaching party of 30 (bodycam footage of the raid, pictured)

Officers trying to track down two robbery suspects attended an address in Walworth – and stumbled upon a house party at around 5.30am on February 28.

The group of 30 people became ‘hostile’ towards the officers as they tried to identify the suspects and shut the party down.

The officers had drinks and other items thrown at them during the raid – which left eight officers injured.

One was knocked unconscious and another was left with a suspected fracture to their hand. 

The officers withdrew from the party for their own safety and other units were called in. 

Two men, aged 17 and 18, and two women, aged 17 and 19, were arrested following the gathering (pictured) in Walworth, south London

Bodycam footage (pictured) showed police stumbling upon the party by mistake while trying to track down two robbery suspects who allegedly assaulted a passerby and stole his phone

Each partygoer was dealt with one by one – and 30 people were reported for fines of £800.

The victim of the robbery identified a 17-year-old male as the person who took his phone. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Officers searched a 19-year-old man and discovered the victim’s stolen phone. The man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. 

A  19-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and assaulting a police officer.

The 17-year-old male accused of stealing the phone was found at the party (pictured) and arrested. The phone was also recovered

The 17-year-old male accused of stealing the phone was found at the party (pictured) and arrested. The phone was also recovered

Officers trying to track down two robbery suspects attended an address in Walworth – and stumbled upon a house party (pictured) at around 5.30am on February 28

A 17-year-old female was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and handling stolen goods after she was searched and found to be carrying a number of different debit cards and an oyster card within her belongings, all with different names on them. 

All four suspects were taken into custody at a south London police station. They were later bailed to return on date in late March. 

Chief Inspector Richard Blears, from the Central South Command Unit, which covers Southwark, said: ‘Restrictions are still in place to protect lives; every person who attended this illegal gathering has acted selfishly and irresponsibly and has potentially put others at risk.

‘Not only that, but some have even gone as far as physically harming the officers who attended the scene, which is totally unacceptable.

‘We will continue to enforce breaches of Covid-19 restrictions when they are alerted to us.’ 

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