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Riot in Lambeth as police block entry to Halloween rave

Bricks and gas bottles were thrown at police in Lambeth on Sunday morning as violence flared in the streets around a Halloween rave.

Riot in Lambeth as police block entry to Halloween rave
Riot police in Whitgift Street
Riot in Lambeth as police block entry to Halloween rave
Revellers denied access to the rave sat down in Albert Embankment and blocked the traffic
Riot in Lambeth as police block entry to Halloween rave
Police dogs were brought to Lambeth High Street
Riot in Lambeth as police block entry to Halloween rave
Police officers with shields on Albert Embankment
Riot in Lambeth as police block entry to Halloween rave
The police line at the junction of Black Prince Road and Vauxhall Walk
Riot in Lambeth as police block entry to Halloween rave
Some of the most violent clashes took place on Vauxhall Walk where garden fences and paving stones were hurled at police
Riot in Lambeth as police block entry to Halloween rave
Rubbish bins on fire in Tyers Street
Riot in Lambeth as police block entry to Halloween rave
At dawn on Sunday riot police remained in place in Lambeth High Street
Riot in Lambeth as police block entry to Halloween rave
The morning after: debris in Vauxhall Walk
Riot in Lambeth as police block entry to Halloween rave
Damaged phone box in Vauxhall Walk
Riot in Lambeth as police block entry to Halloween rave
Exhausted police officers in riot gear rest outside the Queen's Head in Vauxhall Walk
Riot in Lambeth as police block entry to Halloween rave
The aftermath of events in Black Prince Road

The 'Scumoween' rave took place in the Whitgift Street workshops which form part of the disused London Fire Brigade headquarters complex on Albert Embankment.

Some of the worst clashes took place on Vauxhall Walk where the police were pelted with bricks and residents' front gardens were ransacked for anything that could be used as a missile.

The drama took place around Lambeth High Street, Whitgift Street, Newport Street, Black Prince Road, Vauxhall Walk and Tyers Street on the SE1 / SE11 border.

14 police officers were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Eight people were arrested.

Fires were lit in rubbish bins on Tyers Street and Vauxhall Walk and a fridge-freezer was set alight on a nearby estate.

At 4am there were 44 police vans and cars on Albert Embankment alone, with many more parked in nearby streets.

Metropolitan Police officers from across London were called to the scene, as well as two van loads of officers from the City of London Police.

Some revellers climbed onto the railway viaduct to try to avoid the police cordon around the rave.

Shortly before 6am police closed the rave using powers under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.

Commander Mak Chishty said: "Unlicensed music events are dangerous and present a very real hazard to all those who attend. Last night police faced hostility and attack; this is completely unacceptable.

"In challenging circumstances, officers demonstrated restraint and professionalism to protect themselves and members of the public present in the area. I would also like to pay tribute to the local residents for their patience and support last night.

"We closed down the unlicensed music event in the early hours and as part of our investigation, we are appealling for anyone who has any information to contact us as soon as possible."

Any witnesses or anyone with any information about the disorder can contact police via 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.

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