Three charged and five arrested over Brixton street party violence which left 27 police officers injured

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  • June 28, 2020
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Three people have been charged and five more arrested following a south London street party which descended into violence and chaos.

A number of police vehicles were smashed up and 27 officers were injured during the block party in Brixton on Wednesday night.

Scotland Yard said cops were confronted by a “hostile” crowd as they tried to break up the illegal gathering on Overton Road.

On Sunday, the force said a teenage boy and a man and woman in their 20s will appear in court next week over offences linked to the “unlicensed music event.”

Brixton street party erupts into chaos

Donte Knight, 20, and the 16-year-old boy from Brixton, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will appear at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with violent disorder.

Natasha Agyekum, 24, of Peckford Place, will appear at the same court on Thursday, charged with assault on an emergency services worker.

A further two men remain in custody after being arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, while three men, aged between 18 and 28 have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Footage of the chaotic scene on Wednesday showed young men jumping on a police car and smashing in the windows as officers fled.

Four days later, the force issued an updated statement on the incident saying: “Police were called to Overton Road in Lambeth on the evening of Wednesday, 24 June to multiple reports of a large unlicensed music event in the street.

“Officers encouraged the crowd to leave the location but they did not engage with police. The event continued and more officers attended the scene and the group became hostile towards officers.”

It added: “In total, 27 officers were injured, none seriously, although two did require hospital treatment.

“A small number of police vehicles were damaged.”

Enquiries into the circumstances remain ongoing.