Police injured breaking up 200-strong Knightsbridge party near Harrods


wo police officers were injured breaking up a “selfish” party attended by 200 people in breach of Covid-19 lockdown rules in Knightsbridge.

Revellers became hostile and pushed through police lines to avoid being fined £200 in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods.

Police bodycam video shows the moment partygoers barge past officers investigating reports of a mass gathering in Beauchamp Place near Harrods at about 3.30am on January 17.

Several units were deployed to the venue where over 200 people were attending an illegal party. Two officers were injured as a result.

A cordon was put in place at the entrance to help detain those gathered inside.

Around 30 fixed penalty notices were issued.  

A three-month closure order is being prepared for the owner of the venue, who has previously been issued with a £1,000 fine, police said.  

Superintendent Michael Walsh, of the Met’s Central West command, said: “Attending or organising such parties during this critical period is an incredibly selfish decision to make.

“While the majority of breaches have been resolved without incident, it deeply saddens me that some individuals have chosen to assault police who are simply doing their part in the collective battle against this deadly virus.”

Police said the event was one of a string of late-night parties uncovered in Kensington and Chelsea over the last month.

On December 20, officers shut down an illegal gathering at a commercial property on Montpelier Street. The property has since been closed.

An owner of a venue on Harrow Road is facing a £10,000 fine after police found more than 30 socialising during a raid on January 16.

On Thursday, police also broke up a wedding party in north London.

The Met Police originally claimed about 400 guests were at the ceremony inside Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School but revised that down to 150.

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