COPS have broken up an illegal party attended by 200 revellers on an exclusive London street.
Shocking police body camera footage shows a large group of people wearing face masks as they leave a property in Knightsbridge while officers try to stop them.
Revellers wearing face masks can be seen leaving the propertyCredit: Metropolitan Police
The party took place at an address on Beauchamp Place, a popular shopping streetCredit: Metropolitan Police
Some police officers got injured when they stormed the mass gathering at an address on Beauchamp Place, in the London borough of Kensington.
In the clip, officers can be heard saying “stay there, stay there” as revellers try to flee the area.
The party – which was illegal under current coronavirus restrictions – took place in the early hours of Sunday, January 17.
Metropolitan Police said they received reports of the gathering at about 3am and several units were deployed to the venue.
Over 200 people were attending the illegal party but no arrests have been made, police said.
As police worked to disperse the crowds on the street surrounding the address – which is on a popular shopping area near the luxury department store Harrods – some of the attendees became hostile.
In the footage, some revellers can be seen pushing through officers in an attempt to avoid being fined for breaching coronavirus rules – which forbid mass gatherings.
Metropolitan Police said two officers were injured during the night raid.
While many people left the address, a large group still remained inside the premises, police said.
A cordon was put in place at the entrance to facilitate the detention of further revellers who were illegally gathered inside.
Two Metropolitan Police officers were injured during the raidCredit: Metropolitan Police
Around 30 fixed penalty notices were issued to attendees and a three-month closure order is being prepared for the owner of the property, Metropolitan Police said.
The owner had previously received a £1,000 FPN and a prohibition notice by the council for breaches of Covid legislation.
Police said the event was one of a string of late-night parties uncovered in Kensington over the last month.
On Saturday, January 16, police found more than 30 people socialising in close proximity at an address on Harrow Road near the junction with Ladbroke Grove.
On Sunday, December 20, police responded to reports of an illegal gathering taking place at a commercial property on Montpelier Street.
Superintendent Michael Walsh, of the Met’s Central West Basic Command Unit, said: “Attending or organising such parties during this critical period is an incredibly selfish decision to make and we will continue to take action against those who flout the rules.
“My officers continue to work incredibly hard to uphold Covid legislation in order to keep people safe.
“While the majority of breaches have been resolved without incident, it deeply saddens me that some individuals have chosen to assault police officers who are simply doing their part in the collective battle against this deadly virus.
“We will absolutely not tolerate assaults on police officers. It goes without saying that anyone who harms an emergency worker will face the full force of the law.”
Metropolitan Police broke up the party on Beauchamp Place on January 17Credit: Metropolitan Police
Councillor Emma Will, Lead Member for Communities, said: “These businesses refused to adhere to the Covid-19 restrictions, disturbing local residents and placing their own customers and the wider public at significant risk again and again.
“Where breaches like this occur our council officers will work with the police, using the full range of both our powers to tackle those who break the law.
“Most businesses are doing the right thing to protect their local communities during the pandemic but those who flout the rules will face consequences.”
Police raided a wedding with 400 guests at a school in Stamford HillCredit: Jewish Chronicle
This week, police raided a wedding attended by 400 guests at a school being used as a Covid test centre just ten months after the head died from the virus.
Officers stormed the Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School in Stamford Hill, North London, at around 9.15pm on January 21 to discover guests crammed inside despite the current Covid rules.
Video footage on the Jewish Chronicle shows police officers raiding the building, which is used on Sundays as a Covid testing facility.
The windows at Yesodey Hatorahhad been covered up to stop people peering inside.
A group of rulebreakers also fled the scene when police showed up.
Scotland Yard confirmed the organisers now face a potential fine of £10,000, with five others already slapped with £200 fines.
Organisers had covered the school’s windows to stop people seeing inCredit: PA:Press Association