Two people were stabbed and a Police officer was injured at an illegal ‘Santa Stomp’ rave in Pennington Street in Wapping last night.
Emergency services were brought in from across London, including 16 vehicles and police in riot gear who attended in the early hours to Pennington Street where the ‘Santa Stomp’ rave event was being held. The MPS helicopter was also brought in to assist.
When police entered the rave they were met by a hostile crowd and were pelted with missiles both from inside and from the top floors of the warehouse where many windows had been smashed.
A number of arrests for public order offences were also made by the Police last night.
The injuries sustained by the victims are not life threatening at this stage, but one of the stabbings is serious and a full crime investigation is now underway.
The ‘Santa Stomp’ rave is believed to be part of the Overground London, Keep Stomping series of events, where the exact location is kept secret from guests until the last minute.
Around 1,000 people attended the rave last night and most were very young, described as university age.
The rave is believed to have taken place in empty warehouse units which have been taken over by squatters. This is unrelated to Studio Spaces and other legitimate and valuable businesses who occupy units in the building (see below).
These are some pictures taken by two local residents, Robbie Scott and Paul Brocklehurst of the scene around Pennington Street in Wapping last night just after the emergency services had arrived:
Police forensics are currently working inside the warehouse and the investigation is ongoing.
Studio Spaces in Pennington Street
Residents have complained for many months that they find the area around Pennington Street unsafe and local businesses based in other units have their reputation and future put at risk, despite them being unconnected with these illegal raves, events, or squatters.
Discussions with the Police and Tower Hamlets Council have been ongoing for some time, most recently regarding squatters.
Please help make the area safe for residents and visitors and support valuable Wapping based businesses by lobbying our elected representatives – local councillors and MP Jim Fitzpatrick as well as Tower Hamlets Council to help Wapping resolve the problems caused by these squatters and anti social events.