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Riot police are pelted with bottles at park close to London Eye


Riot police are pelted with bottles at park close to London Eye as dramatic footage shows them marching towards crowd with shields and batons

  • Officers clutching shields were seen making their way along South Bank, London
  • The area is just a stone’s throw away from the London Eye, a popular tourist spot
  • In nearby Jubilee Gardens, officers shouted as they cleared the area of people
  • Met Police said group ‘began throwing items’ towards officers shortly after 9pm

Riot police were deployed to a London park as people hurled bottles at officers after another sweltering day in the capital.

A vast crowd of police wearing riot gear and clutching shields were seen making their way along South Bank – a stone’s throw away from the London Eye.

And in nearby Jubilee Gardens – a popular spot for day drinkers on sunny weekends – the officers shouted as they cleared the area of picnickers.

Amazed onlookers could do nothing but watch the scenes unfold – with many filming the action on their phones.

A Met Police spokesperson said a large group ‘began throwing items’ towards officers shortly after 9pm on Saturday.

Riot police were deployed to a London park as people hurled bottles at officers after another sweltering day in the capital

And in nearby Jubilee Gardens - a popular spot for day drinkers on sunny weekends - the officers shouted as they cleared the area of picnickers

And in nearby Jubilee Gardens – a popular spot for day drinkers on sunny weekends – the officers shouted as they cleared the area of picnickers

Amazed onlookers could do nothing but watch the scenes unfold - with many filming the action on their phones. Pictured: Onlookers in the area

Amazed onlookers could do nothing but watch the scenes unfold – with many filming the action on their phones. Pictured: Onlookers in the area

Onlookers in the area after police moved in last night. They are seen watching on in amazement

Onlookers in the area after police moved in last night. They are seen watching on in amazement

Additional officers – including the Territorial Support Group, Dog Units and the National Police Air Service – all attended.

One person has been arrested for violent disorder, the force confirmed.

Onlookers said bottles were thrown at the officers – before the area was cleared and cordoned off.

One onlooker wrote on Twitter: ‘Police cordoned off Jubilee Gardens, very tense. 

‘Large number of police. I can see bottles being thrown at police line as I walk around widening cordon.’ 

A Met Police spokesperson said a large group 'began throwing items' towards officers shortly after 9pm on Saturday. Pictured: Onlookers in the area near to the police line

A Met Police spokesperson said a large group ‘began throwing items’ towards officers shortly after 9pm on Saturday. Pictured: Onlookers in the area near to the police line

Additional officers - including the Territorial Support Group, Dog Units and the National Police Air Service - all attended

Additional officers – including the Territorial Support Group, Dog Units and the National Police Air Service – all attended

Onlookers said bottles were thrown at the officers - before the area was cleared (pictured) and cordoned off

Onlookers said bottles were thrown at the officers – before the area was cleared (pictured) and cordoned off

One onlooker wrote on Twitter: 'Police cordoned off Jubilee Gardens (pictured), very tense.' Pictured: Onlookers in the area

One onlooker wrote on Twitter: ‘Police cordoned off Jubilee Gardens (pictured), very tense.’ Pictured: Onlookers in the area

Londoner Aidan Jones wrote: 'Armed police are surrounding the London Eye (some pictured), and have pushed members of the public from the other end of Southbank to past where the London Eye is'

Londoner Aidan Jones wrote: ‘Armed police are surrounding the London Eye (some pictured), and have pushed members of the public from the other end of Southbank to past where the London Eye is’

Londoner Aidan Jones wrote: ‘Armed police are surrounding the London Eye, and have pushed members of the public from the other end of Southbank to past where the London Eye is. 

‘Police vans everywhere and helicopters flying above.’

He later shared footage of the officers making their way down South Bank and added: ‘Things looked to have calmed down but now armed police have headed past restaurants on Southbank. 

‘Potentially another incident has kicked off further down the river.’ 

A Met Police spokesperson said: 'Shortly before 9pm on Saturday, 12 June, officers on patrol in the area of Jubilee Gardens, close the London Eye, were approached by a large group of people who began throwing items towards them.' Pictured: Police vehicles by the London Eye

A Met Police spokesperson said: ‘Shortly before 9pm on Saturday, 12 June, officers on patrol in the area of Jubilee Gardens, close the London Eye, were approached by a large group of people who began throwing items towards them.’ Pictured: Police vehicles by the London Eye

A Met Police spokesperson said: ‘Shortly before 9pm on Saturday, 12 June, officers on patrol in the area of Jubilee Gardens, close the London Eye, were approached by a large group of people who began throwing items towards them. 

‘Additional officers, including the Territorial Support Group, Dog Units and the National Police Air Service attended. 

‘One person has been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder. Officers remain in the area. 

‘A s35 Dispersal Order is in place.’ 

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