Images of the scene were shared on social media this afternoon, which showed a police cordon in place around what looked like the city center of the city of south London. A witness also wrote on Twitter: “A heavy police presence in Brixton as reports of a stabbing circulate.” It is not yet known how many people were involved or if anyone was seriously injured.
The alleged attack comes after a crowd threw bottles and stones at police officers who had been called to report that a man was allegedly stabbed and shot earlier this week.
A 17-year-old boy has been arrested for attempted murder following what Metropolitan Police described as a “shocking explosion of violence” in Brixton, south London, on Wednesday evening.
Officers, some with firearms, attended the scene on Moorland Road, having been called with the London Air Ambulance shortly after 9:30 p.m.
The Met said a man in his mid-twenties was found with what are believed to be gunshot and stab wounds.
He was taken to a south London hospital, where his condition was assessed not to be life threatening but could be life changing, police said.
Police said police at the scene were approached by a large group of people and objects were thrown at them.
Two policemen were assaulted, but neither required hospital treatment.
Superintendent Dan Ivey, in charge of neighborhood policing in Lambeth and Southwark, said: “The scenes we saw last night were unacceptable.
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“A shocking outburst of violence occurred, in which a man was seriously injured. Without the speed of the officers responding and the skill of the medical staff, this might well have turned out to be a murder investigation. . “
He added: “The scenes following the initial horrific incident were equally unacceptable. Officers at the scene were working to investigate a serious incident and dispersed the crowds when they themselves were subjected to a heinous attack from crowds of people who bombarded them with objects.
“The crowds were dispersed after additional resources were deployed to the scene and order was restored. Those involved in this mess can rest assured that there is an investigation and we will work to identify and address them. bring to justice. “
Mr Ivey said residents would see an increased police presence in the area and urged anyone with information to contact them, adding: “Silence protects violent criminals.”
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Ben Fahey, who lives nearby, said there had been “dozens of groups of young people in costume for a party” earlier in the evening and called the atmosphere “good and fun”.
The 36-year-old told the PA News Agency: “I went home and started hearing a public address system, then heard several bangs but didn’t think about it because it’s a common noise (fireworks, etc.), then I just heard a collective screaming, which was kind of weird, like hundreds of screams at the same time.
“I went back outside around 10 pm and the police were there in force.
“The atmosphere has completely changed, very hostile.”
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This notice was published: 2021-06-05 15:27:00