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Police slam 'disgusting inhuman thugs' who pelted officers with bottles and threatened with knives

Police have branded a group of people attending an illegal block party in west London as 'disgusting inhuman thugs' after officers had bottles thrown at them and were threatened with a knife.   

Officers came under attack with bottles after they tried to clear a 'block party' in Havelock Close, White City. 

Taking to Twitter, the Southall Broadway Police account said: 'The team and @MPSDormers Wells were amongst these front line officers coming under attack from missiles as well as thugs trying to fight, one even brandishing a knife at us. 

'Unfortunately some of us were injured during this incident. Disgusting inhuman behaviour from these thugs.'

Riot police to to try to break up an illegal block party in White City, west London, last night which ended with a crowd hurling bricks and other objects at the officers

Police officers work their way through boroughs in west London last night to deal with an unlicensed music event 

At one stage last night almost 200 riot police and two helicopters were at the scene trying to deal with the illegal block party

Officers were forced to retreat after they were showered with glass as they tried to break up 'an unlicensed music event'.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan also condemned the street party, calling it 'disgraceful'.

He said: 'Violence against the police will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be caught and prosecuted.

'Extra police will be out today continuing to work hard to keep our city safe.' 

Video showed the police retreating while a group of young men pelted them with a variety of objects. 

Scotland Yard said they were 'engaging with those present and encouraging them to leave'. 

At one stage almost 200 riot police and two helicopters were at the scene. 

A group of people who attended an unlicensed run down a residential street as a wall of police officers advances on the crowd

The block party took place just hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to be sensible ahead of the reopening of bars at 6am. 

According to Scotland Yard: '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.'

Seven officers were injured during the incident. 

A Dispersal Zone has been authorised and a section 60 order has been put in place allowing officers to stop and search anyone in the vicinity.  

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.

Police, arranged in a tight formation, march towards the block of flats to disperse a group of illegal ravers from a block of flats in White City

The police move forwards last night towards the block of flats that was hosting an unlicensed music event

'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.'

Police said everyone in attendance at the event in White City had been dispersed by 1:15 a.m. this morning, a few hours after complaints were first received.

Meanwhile, a few miles away in Hayes, police warned petrol heads from attending a car meet. 

The meet up took place at the Hayes Bridge Retail Park, however, police warned drivers that they face losing their licence and fines of up to £1,000 if they perform any stunts. 

During some car meets, drivers will drift their cars or perform doughnuts, burning or tyre smoke  attempting handbrake turns to impress people in the crowd. 

Police officers were forced to call in back up after they were pelted with bottles while trying to break up an illegal block party in White City, west London 

Several police vans carrying back up were sent to the scene in White City, west London 

Police in Hillingdon said: 'A car meet causes noise nuisance issues for local residents. 

'Not only is the manner of driving dangerous for other road users, but the stunts performed at these events are dangerous to all in attendance. 

'You could receive an on the spot fine or £1,000 upon conviction.'

Some videos of cars parading on their way to the meet were shown on social media. 

Many of the highly modified cars on show appeared to be VWs and BMWs. Some of the cars had modified exhaust systems with dump valves fitted to make extra noise while driving. 

Police stand off against ravers in White City last night as they try to close down an illegal block party

Police equipped with riot gear were deployed after bottles were thrown by revellers at the event in White City, west London 

Last week, 22 police officers were slightly injured after a street party in the south London district of Brixton descended into violence. Another gathering in Notting Hill in west London also led to clashes.

Following the most serious incident in Brixton on June 24, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said the number of police injuries is 'heading up to 140-odd officers' over the three weeks prior, including those hurt during protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the US.

The commissioner vowed to shut down the 'appalling' raves and Home Secretary Priti Patel condemned the Brixton incident as 'utterly vile.'

Three people who were arrested for violent disorder against police at the event have appeared in court and are awaiting sentencing or further trials.

Under coronavirus restrictions in England, gatherings are limited to six people, even after Saturday when pubs and restaurants can reopen in the latest easing of the lockdown.

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