Youths ‘riot’ in the streets after police shut down overcrowded Somali music festival

Two officers were injured as a result of the fracas as police attempted to disperse crowds in Ealing on Thursday night.Two police dogs were also injured during the altercation after the “Wild n Out” music show at Ealing Town Hall was shut down after 11pm due to overcrowding.According to one organiser, 2,000 people had turned up to the 600-capacity venue.

Rioting is thought to have broken out soon after in nearby Longfield Avenue with officers making several arrests as they fought to bring the mob under control with support from the Met’s Territorial Support Group.

Roads were closed off and buses diverted while officers attempted to control the violence.

Police called in to control riotingTWITTER/DUKEFROZEN Police surrounding the McDonald’s in Ealing after violence broke out

The Somali Wild n Out was lit. It was fun, it was great energy and good vibes. Just a few idiots that caused the show to be locked off

Twitter user Jay

Frightened witnesses took to Twitter to report the shocking scenes after armoured police were spotted patrolling outside McDonald’s at the junction with Spring Bridge Road.One Twitter user, Holly wrote: “There’s armoured police outside McDonald’s in Ealing Broadway it’s all kicking off.”

Another added: “There was an event tonight, then it got locked off and like 1,500 roadmans flooded Ealing. So it kicked off I guess.”

One of the event’s promoters posted his thoughts after the night descended into chaos.

“This event was my dream, it was going so well, never did I expect almost 2,000 people to attend a venue that holds 600… I did my best,” he said.



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