Police officers have closed three unlicensed music events (UMEs) as part of the weekend’s proactive operation to disrupt antisocial behavior in the capital during Halloween
At 11.43pm on Friday 29 October, police were called to the Glasshouse Walk in Lambeth after complaints of fireworks being fired. Officers attended and found 300 youths at a town hall.
As the crowds began to go home, a series of fights erupted and fireworks and other objects were thrown at the officers. Additional officers attended, and the crowds were dispersed at 1.20 p.m. An officer was treated for injuries.
Officers were later alerted to a UME in railroad arches on Corbetts Lane in Southwark. Upon arrival, they found about 150 people, which they dispersed from the area. The sound system was seized and the organizer was reported for license violations. Officers left the scene at 3:45 a.m. to continue their patrols.
Across London, in Bethnal Green, police attended an address on Birkbeck Street after determining that a UME was planned. About 30 people were present and walked quickly.
Officers have also used intelligence gathering to take preventative measures against people believed to be planning events, as well as being involved in the delivery of drugs.
Warrants were carried out in Southwark and Camden with three people arrested. A number of drugs, knives and assault weapons were seized.
Chief Inspector Jack May-Robinson said: “While we appreciate that many people will be celebrating Halloween this weekend with home parties, there are a number of people who will choose to host major music events.
“These gatherings ruin the lives of local residents. They often attract antisocial behavior and can be dangerous environments for those who participate in them.
“When we identify an event, we work hard to ensure that appropriate measures are taken and that equipment is seized to prevent participants from moving to another location.
“Additional patrols are taking place across London to maintain public safety. I would urge anyone with concerns to contact the police so we can interrupt these UMEs before they escalate.”