15 Police Officers Injured Breaking Up Party in South West London

British Home Secretary Priti Patel has condemned "utterly vile scenes" that saw 15 police officers injured trying to break up an unlicensed music event.

The Metropolitan Police said four arrests had been made so far after serious disorder took place in Brixton in south-west London on Wednesday night, with the individuals still in custody.

A statement from the police said: "Police were called to Overton Road, Lambeth on the evening of Wednesday, 24 June to multiple reports of a large unlicensed music event in the street.

"Officers attended to encourage the crowd to leave the location but they did not engage with police.

"The event continued and more officers attended the scene and the group became hostile towards officers."

The Met said a total of 15 officers were injured, "none seriously, although two did require hospital treatment."

The unlicensed event was cleared in the early hours of Thursday, and officers implemented a section 60 order, the power to stop and search people without reasonable grounds of suspicion, in the vicinity of the event to prevent violence.

Basic Command Unit (BCU) Commander Colin Wingrove, said: "Our role is to protect the public and ensure guidelines are adhered to in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 protecting the NHS and save lives.

"Our officers work incredibly hard to engage and explain the public health message and regulations to prevent such gatherings occurring.

"Last night we received numerous concerns from residents complaining about a large gathering, noise, anti-social behavior and violence and officers responded to those concerns.

"These gatherings are unlawful, as well as posing a risk to public health and against coronavirus restrictions.

"The violence shown towards officers is totally unacceptable and we will not tolerate it in any form.

"An investigation into the incident is now taking place and those involved will be brought to justice."

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Officers tried to break up an unlicensed party in Brixton Google Street View

Home Secretary Priti Patel said she would be talking to the Met Commissioner "immediately" following the incident.

She tweeted: "These are utterly vile scenes. Just last weekend, the whole country came together to praise our heroic police officers for putting their own lives on the line to keep us safe. I'll be picking up with the Met Commissioner immediately."

Video footage from the scene shows officers surrounded by large crowds as they struggle to maintain order while being pelted with missiles.

A number of police vehicles were also damaged in the disorder.

In one of the videos from the incident, a police van is attacked while others are shown using table legs to attack another police vehicle.