Three people were arrested and a machete found last night in Welling in events which led to Welling High Street being closed amid hundreds of people in the town and “disorder” reported.
A police helicopter circled overhead and officers were seen adopting riot gear and carrying shields.
According to police, they were called to a party at a church hall and discovered 200-300 individuals – some of whom were hostile towards officers.
Objects were thrown and some received minor injuries.
The Met had also authorised a Section 60 notice due to “youth disorder”.
A S.60 has been authorised from 2130hrs 26/7/19 until 0330hrs 27/7/19 for the following wards in #Bexley. Falconwood and Welling / East Wickham / West Heath / Crook Log. This is in response to youth disorder. Map attached pic.twitter.com/wubqu9S4O8
— Bexley MPS (@MPSBexley) July 26, 2019
Much focus has been on Bellegrove Road tonight though some witnesses have stated there was greater trouble on Ruskin Avenue – which runs parallel to Bellegrove Road and behind shops.
A few days ago hundreds gathered in a residential area of Plumstead. Numerous locals complained little action was taken despite reported sporadic violence and intoxicated drivers.