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London police officers injured in clash responding to 'unlawful' street party

London police officers injured in clash responding to 'unlawful' street party

London police said 22 officers were injured during a clash Wednesday night after responding to an unlicensed music event in the street that went against the city’s coronavirus restrictions. 

No officers were seriously injured, but two required hospital treatment, police said in a statement Thursday. Police said two police vehicles were also damaged. 

Four arrests were made for assault and public order offenses. 

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The officers were called to multiple reports of a “large unlicensed music event in the street.” The event continued after officers encouraged the crowd to leave and the “group became hostile towards officers,” police said. 

The event was cleared in the early hours of Thursday, police said. 

“Our role is to protect the public and ensure guidelines are adhered to in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 protecting the NHS and save lives,” police commander Colin Wingrove said in a statement

“These gatherings are unlawful, as well as posing a risk to public health and against coronavirus restrictions,” he added. 

The British government has banned public gatherings of more than six people outside as part of coronavirus restrictions.