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Around 140 officers have been injured in London in the last three weeks, the Metropolitan Police commissioner has revealed.

Cressida Dick said the aggression shown to officers at recent illegal street parties in the capital has been “utterly unacceptable”.

As well as a number of illegal street parties in recent days, there have been protests and counter-protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody in the US.

Dame Cressida said the force has a “duty” to shut down unlawful music events during the coronavirus pandemic.

She was speaking after police officers came under attack for a second night in the capital.

Officers were pelted with objects on Thursday night after being sent to break up a street party in Notting Hill, west London.

She said the Met were on the lookout for illegal parties after 22 officers were injured in violent scenes in Brixton, south London, on Wednesday evening.

Dame Cressida said the force had “closed down several before they even got going”, but condemned violence in Notting Hill as “completely, utterly unacceptable”.

“These events are unlawful,” she said.

“They shouldn’t be happening and we have a duty to go and close them down and to disperse them.

“The local communities hate them, [it is] incredibly anti-social behaviour, very noisy during a pandemic and sometimes [there is] violence.

“For our officers who are simply doing their duty to be attacked is utterly unacceptable.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the recent violence has been “appalling”.

“The police have my full backing in tackling criminality & enforcing the law – criminals will face consequences,” she wrote on Twitter.

“My best wishes go to those officers injured.”

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