30 October 2021, 21:08 | Updated: October 30, 2021, 9:15 p.m.
Three illegal raves were shut down in London on Friday night as part of efforts to tackle antisocial behavior in the capital, Metropolitan Police have said, with some participants becoming hostile to officers.
The ravens – in Lambeth, Southwark and Bethnal Green – saw hundreds of people participate illegally and become violent towards officers as they tried to shut down the events, according to the Met.
“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,” said Chief Inspector Jack May-Robinson.
“These gatherings ruin the lives of the locals.
“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.
“Extra patrols are taking place all over London to maintain public safety.
“I would urge anyone with concerns to contact the police so that we can suspend these UMEs (unlicensed music events) before they escalate.”
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📣 Unlicensed music events cause misery for people living nearby. They attract antisocial behavior and can be unsafe environments for those who participate.
🚫 Last night, officers shut down events in Lambeth, Southwark and Tower Hamlets. https://t.co/alZJsPtgKO
– Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) October 30, 2021
Police were first called to the Glasshouse Walk in Lambeth just before midnight Friday after complaints that fireworks had been fired.
Officers attended and found 300 youths at a town hall.
The Met said a series of fights broke out as people began to leave and fireworks and other projectiles were thrown and back-up officers had to be called.
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The crowds were eventually dispersed at. 01.20 on Saturday, and an officer was treated for injuries.
The Met was later made aware of another unlicensed music event in railroad arches on Corbetts Lane in Southwark.
About 150 people were dispersed from the area and the sound system was seized and the organizer was fined for license violations.
Across the capital, officers also attended an address on Birkbeck Street in Bethnal Green, after noticing that another unlicensed event was planned.
When police arrived, 30 people were present and left quickly.