07:00 GMT13 August 2020
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    London Mayor Sadiq Khan previously criticised illegal mass gatherings in the capital, calling them "deeply irresponsible", and the cabinet condemned unauthorised parties after several clashes occurred between law enforcement and revellers in various parts of the country.

    Metropolitan Police officers were showered with glass and forced to retreat by an angry crowd after an attempt to disperse a mass party in west London on Saturday morning. The incident occurred at Havelock Close, White City.

    "Officers attempted to engage the crowd in order to get them to leave the location but the group became hostile. A number of items were thrown at police, who retreated in order to regroup", Scotland Yard said in an official statement.

    A video from the site of the attack shows a group of officers retreating, while the mob chases them and throws bottles at them.

    ​Riot police and two helicopters were dispatched to stop the rave and restore the order in the neighbourhood.

    ​This is not the first such incident, as the UK police have clashed with several mobs while trying to disperse illegal music parties in London and Manchester, because they were violating pandemic restrictions. At least several dozen officers were injured during those altercations.

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