London police make arrests, seize weapons at illegal parties

LONDON: London police made seven arrests and seized a firearm and a "Rambo-style" knife at illegal street parties that violated social distancing rules in the early hours of Saturday (Jun 27), a police statement said.

Large gatherings are not permitted in Britain due to social distancing measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, but a spell of hot weather and a planned easing of restrictions on Jul 4 have led some people to flout the rules.

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The night of Friday to Saturday was the third in a row in which police officers seeking to disperse gatherings in London were attacked by participants.

"All of the events which took place last night were illegal and in breach of the COVID regulations," said Bas Javid of the Metropolitan Police.

"The vast majority of people who attended engaged with officers and moved away from the locations without issue. However, again, a number refused to leave and became violent."

READ: London police chief says: We will disperse illegal parties

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The knife and firearm were seized at a location in Newham, east London. Two men were arrested in connection with the weapons.

At another event in Kensal Town, west London, five people were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, breach of health regulations and racially aggravated public disorder towards officers. One of the suspects threw a bar stool at an officer.

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