Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Policemen & two others stabbed during Hyde Park water fight as youths chant ‘Black Lives Matter’ in London

Teenagers attacked police with bottles and knives in Hyde Park as the West End suffered the worst outbreak of youth violence since the 2011 riots. Witnesses described how the Royal Park erupted into a “warzone” as hundreds of youths clashed with officers called after trouble flared at a water-fight and music party organised on social media.
Families and office workers enjoying the last of the evening sunshine scattered as more than a thousand teenagers fought running battles with riot police along the banks of the Serpentine, a few hundred yards from Kensington Palace, Standard UK reports.

The mob was driven back to Marble Arch where around 500 remained until midnight, hurling bottles at the ranks of police and chanting “Black Lives Matter”.A breakaway group stormed a nearby branch of McDonald’s, causing terrified staff to flee downstairs as dozens of teenagers leapt over counters to clear the racks of food.

Buses were diverted from the streets around Park Lane, which was littered with shattered glass, as the last remaining youths were detained or dispersed.

Two officers were rushed to hospital during the melee, one with stab wounds the other suffering head injuries after being struck by a bottle.Riot vans blocked off Oxford Street to prevent the crowd from spilling into the world-famous shopping district.

At least two other teenagers were taken to hospital with stab wounds.

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