Home Secretary Priti Patel took to Twitter to lambast the “utterly vile scenes”, which amounted to a total breach of lockdown regulations, despite their recent partial rollback.
In an attempt break up an illegal street party in Brixton, London, 22 Metropolitan Police officers were injured and their vehicles damaged on the evening of 24th June.
Authorities were called following complaints from residents about noise and violence, and a dispersal order had been put in place earlier in the day, with officers trying to encourage the crowd to leave – footage widely circulated on social media showing a number of police vehicles being attacked and officers chased.
Four people were arrested for assault and public order offences, and remain in custody as of 25th June.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has condemned the incident on Twitter.
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. https://t.co/576qcLY89g
— Priti Patel (@pritipatel) June 25, 2020
“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,” senior Southwark police officer Colin Wingrove said.
Police later implemented a Section 60 order, which gave officials increased stop and search powers.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said he was in touch with police about the incident.
“Violence against the police will not be tolerated. Large gatherings during Covid-19 are deeply irresponsible and risk others’ lives,” he added.