Police respond to ‘riot’ at Westfield during Boxing Day sales
Two police officers were injured during ‘riots’ at Westfield shopping centre during the Boxing Day sales.
Seven people were arrested after police were called to reports of disorder.
Several shops had to close in the height of the spending rush as police brought the situation under control.
Police were called at 2.34pm to the Westfield centre in Stratford, east London.
Officers said they dispersed the suspects and arrested seven people for ‘a variety of offences’, while several knives were recovered.
Pictures shared on social media showed the chaos:
Officers attended #Westfield#Stratford City shopping centre this afternoon following reports of disorder. Groups causing disturbances were dispersed. Officers remain on scene with extra patrols at the centre and in surrounding area @westfieldstrat
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) December 26, 2017
Two police officers were treated in hospital for minor injuries suffered during the arrests.
A Section 60 order was placed on the shopping centre covering a 500-metre radius until 10.30pm, the Newham Borough arm of the Metropolitan Police said on Twitter.
The order gives officers extra powers in the designated area to prevent the occurrence of further disruption.
Additional patrols were sent to the area, the force added.
It comes amid reports of panic on Oxford Street, when there was a ‘stampede’ sparked by unfounded fears there had been gunshots fired.
A window of House of Fraser was broken in the commotion, with one woman injured.
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