The UK’s most senior police officer has said that around 140 of her colleagues have been injured in London in the last three weeks.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick made the estimate as she addressed recent attacks on officers who had been called to disperse illegal parties in the capital.
“For our officers who are simply doing their duty to be attacked is utterly unacceptable,” she said.
Police became the target of revellers at an unlicensed music event in Colville Gardens, Notting Hill, where they were pelted with “objects” as they attempted to disperse the crowd. There were no reports of serious injury.
It came just one day after a similar incident in Brixton on Wednesday night, where 22 officers were injured.
The Metropolitan Police said on Thursday that officers would undertake an “enhanced policing operation” across London after becoming aware that further illicit block parties and raves were due to take place.
A similar illegal gathering occurred on Streatham Common but appeared to be diffused peacefully.
London Mayor hopeful Shaun Bailey has warned that the city could see a “summer of crime” if forces do not get illegal street parties under control.
Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, the Conservative candidate called on current mayor Sadiq Khan to back police.
“It’s about the leadership of the police, which is the mayor, who is not doing anything at all,” he said.
Mr Khan tweeted last night that violence against the police will not be tolerated.
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