Police called to number of illegal parties across east London

Det Ch Supt Stephen Clayman of East Area Command. Picture: PA

Det Ch Supt Stephen Clayman of East Area Command. Picture: PA - Credit: PA

Police have been called out to a number of illegal parties across Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham in recent weeks.

The area commander Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman told this paper that there has been a “heightened” police presence where officers have intelligence that these events are taking place.

Speaking on June 30, he confirmed that the force had made no arrests linked to these parties and did not confirm a specific number of how many events officers had been called to across the three boroughs in the previous two weeks.

Det Ch Supt Clayman added that resident complaints around noise and disruption led to most of the call outs.

He said: “We have had calls to a number (of illegal parties) over the past couple of weeks and thankfully arrests have not been necessary due to the fact we managed to speak to those present at the right time and they agreed to disperse.

“Whilst they have been across the three boroughs, they haven’t been to the volume other boroughs have seen.

“My message to those affected is to contact the local authority or police if the situation is causing a disturbance and we will assess and attend if required.

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“It’s also worth re-iterating that we want people to be safe, especially as we are still in the midst of a public health crisis and we’ll only intervene where necessary. Our role is to keep our communities safe.”

There have been numerous reports of unlicensed music events taking place across the capital in recent days.

Among these were gatherings in Clapham Common, Tooting Bec Common, Burgess Park and Wembley on Saturday, June 27.

Commander Bas Javid, of Frontline Policing, said: “Those who go to unlicensed music events are putting themselves, their families and their communities at risk. I urge anyone considering attending an event like this to re-think their plans.

“Officers are already out across London, closing these events down, and they will arrest anyone suspected of criminal offences.

“I urge communities to keep helping police by continuing to report this illegal activity.”

To report any illegal parties or gatherings, call police on 101 in the first instance or contact your council.