EIGHT POLICE OFFICERS were hurt in Kingsland High Street after a teenager refused to pay a bus fare on Friday evening 1 December 2017.
Cops helping Transport for London ticket inspectors were hit in the face and two were taken to hospital with concussion. They were later discharged.
A fracas broke out in the street and more cops had to be summoned before they could arrest two girls, one 15, on suspicion of fare evasion and assault on a police officer, another 16, and an 18-year-old youth, who have been charged with assaulting a police officer.
The officers taken to hospital have since been discharged.
A Syrian refugee, who would give his name only as Sami, told Loving Dalston: “I wheeled my bike out of DK station around 6pm and was trying to cross the road but it was almost closed.
“Buses in Kingsland High Street were winding around a crowd of people, maybe 50, maybe more, jumping up and down in the street near McDonald’s.
“I could see several uniformed police, who were having trouble with the crowd, and three police cars.
“Black people seemed to be taking sides against the police, shouting swear words at them.
“People were standing on the pavements, watching. I asked someone near me what was going — he said he had no idea.”
Shopkeeper Farzan Abdul Razzaq said a lot of people had sought refuge in his shop. Many punches had been thrown at the cops in the high street.
The outbreak of violence among young people will particularly disappoint Hackney police and local traders, who had been pleased with the cops’ apparent success in solving teenage violence and threatening behaviour incidents around the high street this summer 2017.
Hamish Scott 031217
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