You will almost certainly be aware of the crowd trouble in several parks in London following events organised on social media. Please find below a message from the Haringey Borough Commander Helen Millichap.
A post event investigation is now underway by the Metropolitan Police Service following the disorder in Hyde Park. Officers had been policing the park from 15:00hrs on Tuesday, 19 July, after a large number of people gathered for a spontaneous water fight. Additional officers were called to assist as the crowds grew to around 2,000 people. Officers remained dealing with the incident until the crowds dispersed at around 02:20hrs on Wednesday, 20 July. Commander BJ Harrington, speaking about the policing operation last night, said: “Our officers took action to step in and protect the public and themselves after the crowd attempted to set up a sound system. Concerned for the potential safety implications officers stepped in to negotiate with them. At that stage our officers came under attack, resulting in one suffering stab wounds and another who suffered a head injury. In total five officers were injured.
Officers were mobilised as part of a graduated response to encourage the crowds to leave the park. Part of that involved using the powers available to us under the Public Order Act and the Anti-social Behaviour and Crime Act, and that’s when we deployed in riot gear. The action taken was based on serious concerns for the public and our officers. At least three members of the public were injured in the park. We are now running a post event investigation – I know that there is a lot of footage available, including helicopter footage and CCTV. If you have any footage that may help, or any information, then please get in touch with us. What took place wasn’t a group of people out enjoying the sunshine, but crime and disorder which is quite simply unacceptable. Officers are out and about on duty today and we want everyone in London to have a safe and enjoyable day.
If people are going to go along to unlicensed or spontaneous events then please think very carefully, they are simply not safe. You do not have the protection of attending a well organised and safe event. Parents and guardians are urged to think carefully about whether these sorts of events are where you want you children to go.
Extra officers will be on duty tonight across London and this will continue throughout the weekend.
No arrests have been made and enquires continue.
Haringey Borough Commander