A Halloween party in London turned violent overnight, with riot police clashing with attendees.
According to the BBC people were throwing bottle, chairs and reportedly a petrol bomb at the police, after they were called to shut down the illegal rave in Lambeth.
Four officers had to be treated for injuries at the scene and several arrests were made, but the organisers of the event said the police were ‘bashing people senseless’, in a message on social media.
Met police said in a statement:
The disorder and criminal damage around the venue has stopped. There are no further reports of officers injured at this time. There is one report of a member of the public, a man, being treated by London Ambulance Service.Advertisement
A force spokesman also said: “As well as attacking police the group also caused criminal damage to private vehicles and property in the area.”
People at the party reportedly charged at police, as well as setting fire to bins and chanting ‘scum’ and ‘pigs’.
Organisers had previously advised people coming to avoid violence:
Stay peaceful, stay calm. Patience and numbers is in our favour. Do not antagonise the police. We don’t need to. At the end of the day we want to leave them remembering our good attitudes, we just came to dance, we are not their enemy.Advertisement
However after the event they wrote on social media: “The police were not interested to talk through peaceful resolutions”.