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Two stabbed and Police officer injured during violent scenes at Pennington Street in Wapping

Two stabbed and Police officer injured during violent scenes at Pennington Street in Wapping

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:

Emergency vehicles around Pennington Street in Wapping. Photo by Robbie Scott

Emergency vehicles around Pennington Street in Wapping. Photo by Robbie Scott

 

Emergency vehicles around Pennington Street in Wapping. Photo by Robbie Scott

Emergency vehicles around Pennington Street in Wapping. Photo by Robbie Scott

 

Emergency vehicles around Pennington Street in Wapping. Photo by Robbie Scott

Emergency vehicles around Pennington Street in Wapping. Photo by Robbie Scott

 

Emergency vehicles around Pennington Street in Wapping. Photo by Paul Brocklehurst

Police attend the scene at Pennington Street in Wapping. Photo by Paul Brocklehurst

 

Emergency vehicles around Pennington Street in Wapping. Photo by Paul Brocklehurst

Emergency vehicles around Pennington Street in Wapping. Photo by Paul Brocklehurst

 

Emergency vehicles on the Highway next to Pennington Street in Wapping. Photo by Paul Brocklehurst

Emergency vehicles on the Highway next to Pennington Street in Wapping. Photo by Paul Brocklehurst

 

Emergency vehicles on the Highway next to Pennington Street in Wapping. Photo by Paul Brocklehurst

Emergency vehicles on the Highway next to Pennington Street in Wapping. Photo by Paul Brocklehurst

 

Emergency vehicles around Pennington Street in Wapping. Photo by Paul Brocklehurst

Emergency vehicles on the Highway next to Pennington Street in Wapping. Photo by Paul Brocklehurst

 

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.

 

Local business owners Jill Farbey and Yuval Hen General

Jill Farbey (Walter Reginald Group) and Yuval Hen General (Studio Spaces - photography) also occupy units in the warehouse

 

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.

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  • Squat Raver

    just to let you know the guy who was seriously stabbed is making a full recovery and is being released from hospital tonight
    he wishes to thank all party goers organizers police and ambulance crews for saving his life
    a full investigation is underway to bring these sad apples to justice

  • Stompthem Creatures-out

    the boy who got stabed in the leg went home from hospital the same day,the other boy is still in hospital and is doing well

  • Stompthem Creatures-out

    This party was bangging everyone having a gd time,when the first boy got stabbed we called the ambulance ,the police come to assist with taking the truble makers out the venuebecause some of the ravers bood them out it become hostile so they left,while outside the venue the second stab victim come out and ravers started braking windows and throwing things out the window at the police and there cars and vans,if this did not happen then the police wouldnt of gone in with full riot gear on,the office that got hurt got hit in the eye with a small 2″ canister,the man has a black eye,a boy was handed over to officers outside for having a knife.
    this party had a full security team and searches was done,just a shame this happend,there had been two other partys in the same building over the weekends befor,not one bit of truble and the police was happy with the way the partys was going having been walked around both partys befor santa stomp.
    ravers r to return to the units on pennington street to rave it up for nye,i gess all we can do is tighten security and carry on putting up the faces of ppl involved with the truble at these partys.
    all ravers party goers what ever ur doing this nye stay safe and happy new year

  • Daniel Metcalfe

    Is there any news on the two lads hope there ok !

  • Silver Shades.

    Notice that the people harmed were harmed because of lack of police presence, not the rave itself, if even a few police officers simply remained outside, maybe an ambulance, you would have not only 3 less victims of violence but also a lot less ravers on the streets, by all means, if you’re going to let people rave in the streets, feel free to shut down the raves, but in the mean time at least let us dance with each other and love one another a couple nights out of the week behind closed doors. Also, ravers, lets not pretend that the police were really that brutal. I was at this rave and i know for a fact the police, yeah bashed a few people with shields who didn’t really deserve it, but lets be honest if you just went from a nice cozy station to a squat rave with 300 hyped up teens shouting “**** the police” you’d be a little edgy too. Lets not forget, the police ain’t off their **** on drugs like we are. :) . Lets also not forget, that they let a lot of people off the hook, no matter how much their lone sniffer dog barked i didn’t see em tug me or any of my friends, perhaps they are aware that actually, a bit of MD ain’t going to make me stab the queen, maybe they realize that just because i smoke some weed doesn’t mean i’m going to cut up a granny, maybe, just maybe, they are beginning to realize that violent people will always be around, a couple might even turn up at a rave, but lets face it, when they’re off their cunt on MD all they wanna do is love. Illegal raves have so much stigma, but lets be honest, the only reason anyone’s going to an illegal rave is because its a different vibe, because, you can get in at any age, you don’t get turned away at the door if you’ve got drugs (only if you’ve got a blade), and they tend to go on a lot longer (is that irony? i can never tell). The fact is these illegal raves will never stop unless the government allows party drugs, lowers the age of entry (i don’t say this because i’m under 18 [i'm not] i say this because its true) and lets them go on as until around 5 or 6. 7 or 8 would be unreasonable, that’s when Barbra walks her dog, she doesn’t want to know how much you love her. The only moral that can really be taken from this story is make sure that if you see anyone outside a rave who looks dodgy, be sure to tell the rave security, they know what they’re doing. happy raving ravers.