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Twenty-two police officers have been injured and their vehicles damaged during clashes at an illegal street party in south-west London.

Two officers and two people at the party were taken to hospital following the “unlicensed music event” in Brixton on Wednesday night.

Four people were arrested during the clashes.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “These were appalling scenes. Violence against the police will not be tolerated.”

The Met described the attacks on police as “totally unacceptable”.

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Police arrested four people for assault and public order offences

A dispersal order had been put in place earlier in the day and police officers tried to encourage the crowd to leave following complaints from residents.

The event near Angell Town continued so more officers attended and the group became hostile, the Met Police said.

Footage on social media showed a number of police vehicles being smashed and officers being chased.

Another video also appears to show two men being attacked with a knife.

London Ambulance Service said two partygoers were taken to hospital in police vehicles, with one needing treatment at a major trauma unit.

Four people were arrested for assault and public order offences. They remain in custody.

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Volunteers have been cleaning up the site of the street party

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the government would shortly be launching a consultation on doubling the maximum sentence for assaulting an emergency worker.

The spokesman said: “We have been clear that anyone who assaults the police or any of our emergency service workers who keep us safe should feel the full force of the law.”

Michael, a local bus driver who did not want to give a his surname, said it was “very upsetting” the violence had happened in his area.

“The whole thing should have been shut down earlier,” he said.

Police later implemented a Section 60 order, which gives increased stop and search powers.

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Large crowds gathered in Brixton for an unlicensed music event, police said

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said nearly 30 of his colleagues were “walking wounded”.

“No-one expects this level of violence and hostility to just erupt at the speed it does towards police. It’s horrendous,” he said.

He also raised concerns about large gatherings when lockdown is eased and pubs reopen on 4 July, saying “ultimately it always seems to fall on the police’s shoulders to deal with everything”.

“There is no place in society for disorder and wanting to cause violence and pain and grief towards public and police alike,” Mr Marsh said.

Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted: “Just last weekend, the whole country came together to praise our heroic police officers for putting their own lives on the line to keep us safe.

“I’ll be picking up with the Met Commissioner immediately.”

Cdr Colin Wingrove said: “These gatherings are unlawful, as well as posing a risk to public health and against coronavirus restrictions.

“The violence shown towards officers is totally unacceptable and we will not tolerate it in any form.”

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