Riot police conflict with Halloween ravers last night in Lambeth, Central London. Crowds reported to have thrown bottles, chairs and possibly a petrol bomb towards police.
Words: Corey Armishaw
Residents of Lambeth awoke this morning to the shambles left behind by the mayhem of “Scumaween”.
The morning after the night before… Still lots of police around. Street cleaners also busy clearing up aftermath pic.twitter.com/j37OntR9CU
— Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) November 1, 2015
The illegal rave was advertised on Facebook as “A Nightmare on Scum Street”, with 4000 of the 13000 invited guests saying they planned to attend.
As Police attempted to close down the rave, the revellers turned sour and began throwing objects and chanting “Scum” and “Pigs”.
The skirmish escalated with the setting alight of bins, smashing of windows and damaging of residential property.
It’s estimated that by 4am the number of police cars in the area reached 44, with many more parked nearby.
Police have reported 4 officers were injured and treated at the scene, and a number of arrests being made.
The rave was eventually closed down by 6am, with some people clambering onto the nearby railway in order to escape.
During the violence the event organisers posted a message on Facebook, trying to defuse the conflict. They issued statement this morning to condemn the violence:
The streets of Lambeth this morning are are severely damaged, with debris and ash covering the roads as a sore reminder of the chaos from last night.
— Allie Hodgkins-Brown (@AllieHBNews) November 1, 2015
Residents in Lambeth told of their frustration on Twitter, with Christopher Kilby saying: “I won’t be getting much sleep tonight. Chants of ‘we want scum’ still ringing loudly as protesters continue to confront police.”
Two hours later he added: “I’d really like to go to sleep now. Could the rioters please just give up and go home?!”