Riot in disused Fire Station garages  &  update from local councillors

What happened on the night, as witnessed by a resident of the adjacent Whitgift Estate

Update from Princes’ Ward councillors:

“Police discovered late on Saturday, 31 October, that the venue for an illegal gathering was a disused building in Whitgift Street, SE1. Police units were sent to the site where officers began to disperse groups attempting to enter the premises and those already within the building. They immediately came under fire from missiles from the building and in surrounding streets.

As the violence towards officers increased, additional officers from around London, including Territorial Support Groups and Dog Units, were moved to the area. Shortly before 06:00hrs on Sunday, 1 November, officers entered the venue and were able to stop the event using powers under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.  Throughout the operation, officers continued to be targeted with missiles, including bottles, fireworks, lumps of masonry, fire extinguishers and other weapons. Fortunately, no officers were seriously injured but 14 officers received minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

Seven people have so far been arrested and a thorough investigation will now take place with the intention of identifying and prosecuting further offenders.

Your local councillors were on hand throughout Sunday to respond to local residents’ concerns, visiting the area to talk with police and local residents, and liaise with the council to direct efforts to remove waste on the streets. They also took part in a follow-up walkabout early on Monday morning with senior managers from Lambeth Housing to identify what needed to be repaired and sorted out.

The police have stated that a local community meeting will be of value and this will be arranged.  Local councillors will be involved to make sure that local residents’ views are represented and necessary action taken.  Any residents with information, intelligence, images or video clips are asked to email them to this email

Your local councillors would like to thank the police for dealing with a very challenging situation and local residents who started clearing up early Sunday morning.

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