A Met police officer who was attempting to shut down an illegal house party in South London was knocked unconscious and seven others injured.
Police arrested four people and fined 30 ‘selfish and irresponsible’ party-goers up to £800 following the gathering.
Officers discovered the party while attending to a call of a possible robbery in the area in the early hours of Sunday.
A suspect had attacked a male victim with a knife, took his phone, and then ran towards an address on Hopewood Road’s around 5.30 am.
While following, police stumbled upon a house party with over two dozens of attendees.
An attempt to shut the party led to hostility from the attendees, who began to pelt drinks on the officers.
Eight officers were reportedly injured, with one of the officers being knocked unconscious while another sustained a fracture to their hand.
Officers pulled back after the attack and called for backup. Upon arrival, the police were able to take control of the seen, apprehend attendees trying to leave the party, while 30 were fined.
The police described the partygoers as ‘selfish and irresponsible.
Chief Inspector Richard Blears from the Central South Command Unit responsible for the Southwark area, said ‘Restrictions are still in place to protect lives; every person who attended this illegal gathering has acted selfishly, irresponsibly and has potentially put others at risk.
‘Not only that, but some have even gone as far as physically harming the officers who attended the scene, which is totally unacceptable.
‘We will continue to enforce breaches of Covid-19 restrictions when they are alerted to us.’
The police arrested four persons simultaneously in connection to the robbery and attack on the police.
The suspects, aged between 17 and 19 were taken to a South London Police station, where they later received bail to return on a set date in late March.