Some 22 police officers were injured after a street party descended into violence in south London yesterday, Scotland Yard has said.
Footage on social media showed police vehicles being smashed and officers pelted with bottles and chased during clashes with a large crowd near the Angell Town estate in Brixton.
Police were called to reports of a “large unlicensed music event” in Overton Road last night.
A statement said: “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 force said that 22 officers were injured, none of them seriously but two received hospital treatment. A “small number” of police vehicles were also damaged.
Retired police officer Norman Brennan said he was concerned that tensions could spread throughout the country.
Speaking with talkRADIO’s Mike Graham, he said: “I’m wondering what public order incident, that outbreaks on the streets of an area most probably in London, is going to ignite wide scale public disorder throughout Britain?
“It takes one and at this moment in time it’s like a litmus paper - which incident it going to light it?”
According to police, four arrests have been made for assault and public order offences and suspects remain in custody.
talkRADIO: Listen live for the latest updates on Covid-19