Exclusive: Missiles and punches thrown at police at ‘unofficial memorial’ of murdered Southwark teenager

News Desk (02 August, 2018) Crime Emergency services

Police helicopters were circling overhead and spotted a male in the crowd armed with a ‘zombie’-style knife that was later recovered from the park

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The crowd turned hostile at a gathering understood to be in memory of murdered Southwark teenager Latwaan Griffifths that was shut down by police, writes Danny Wiser…

A police spokesperson has said that around 300 youngsters turned up to the event that officers were called to at Pasley Park at about 8pm on Saturday, July 28.

Pasley Park – credit google streetmaps

Police say although the family did not know about it, the event appears to have been organised in memory of eighteen-year-old Latwaan

The teenager sadly died after being stabbed. He was dumped on a street in Camberwell by a mysterious moped driver on Wednesday, July 25 and police are still appealing for that driver to get in touch.

Officers were called to the Kennington area after reports of an unlicensed music event and although the DJ’s as well as the organisers cooperated, ‘a minority of the crowd’ did not follow suit.

Missiles were thrown at officers and the police have confirmed that one officer was punched in the head.

Police helicopters were circling overhead and spotted a male in the crowd armed with a ‘zombie’-style knife that was later recovered from the park during a weapons sweep after the event was shut down at 11pm. 

Police formally declared the event as a rave at 10pm and officers stopped anyone else from getting inside the park to take part.

“I was just perplexed, I have lived there for sixteen years, I have never seen such a sustained action.” said Sigrun Davidsdottir, a Kennington Park Road resident.

“It is not everyday that you have police helicopters circulating over  a residential area for such a long time.”

No arrests were made.

No arrests were made and no injuries were reported, although enquiries continue.

Anyone with information on this incident or anyone who witnessed anything suspicious is urged to call police on 101 quoting 6664/28JUL18.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

 

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