Met Police detectives have released images of eight suspected rioters who took part in violent clashes with police on Halloween after an illegal rave in south London was shut down. Police officers in riot gear moved in on a disused building at Whitgift Street in Lambeth shortly before 6am on Sunday (1 November).
Missiles thrown at police reportedly included bricks, bottles and a suspected petrol bomb. There were also claims rioters – who organised the event called "Scumoween" on Facebook – hurled faeces at officers. Streets around the venue were trashed with burning bins, smashed furniture and other debris and homes and vehicles were damaged in the mayhem.
Nineteen police officers and one police dog received injuries and were treated at the scene, with some hospitalised for a short time. Sixteen people have been arrested in connection with this incident, mainly for violent disorder. Two have been charged. The first has been charged with assault on police. The second has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon. The other 14 arrested have now been bailed.
Chief Superintendent Pippa Mills said: "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.
"There is no excuse for violence, crime and disorder, being carried out on our streets. In addition to the 16 arrests we have already made, we are now carrying out a full post-event investigation and this includes reviewing CCTV. If you recognise any of these people please contact us and let us know."