Search

Finsbury Park to close early in the wake of violent “block party”

10:55 29 August 2014

Revellers flood the streets around Finsbury Park at illegal rave - photo by Jono Kenyon

Revellers flood the streets around Finsbury Park at illegal rave - photo by Jono Kenyon

Archant

Finsbury Park will be closing its gates earlier in the wake of a “block party” which ended with a police officer being taken to hospital.

Party goers in the streets around Finsbury ParkParty goers in the streets around Finsbury Park

Haringey Council confirmed it would be closing the gates from 10pm to try to avoid a repeat of last Wednesday night’s illegal rave, which spilled from the streets into the park.

The council, which cannot close the gates earlier as groups and organised activities use it in the evening, said it will continue to “work with the police to review safety measures in this area”.

Cllr Paul Convery, Islington Council’s executive member for community safety, welcomed the decision. “A lot of things happen in Finsbury Park late at night which are unpleasant, so closing the gates might not be a bad solution,” he said.

“It’s frustrating for us as almost exactly a year earlier a similar thing happened around GCSE results.

“It was put out on social media, and some pretty evil natured people decided to go along and sell drugs and stir up trouble.

“People need to learn that they can’t advertise this sort of thing on social media.”

Last week’s incident saw hundreds of revellers congregate for a party late on Wednesday after it was advertised on Twitter under the hashtag #PreCarnivalBlockParty.

Police were called just after midnight when the illegal rave apparently began to spiral out of control.

A police spokesman said: “Officers, including the Air Support Unit and Territorial Support Group, attended.

“While in the area, officers responded to a fight nearby and a number of items were thrown towards them.

“One officer sustained facial injuries and has been taken to hospital for treatment.”

Forty minutes after the original call, London Ambulance Service called police to nearby Moray Road after a man was found suffering from a stab wound to the leg. He was taken to a central London hospital, and has since been discharged.

Police stayed at the scene until after 3am when the party broke up.

One person was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon, and the injured officer – who suffered bruising to his jaw – has been discharged from hospital.

Latest Hackney News Stories

Yesterday, 15:43
Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan said he will be a mayor 'for all Londoners'

Labour’s Sadiq Khan told Hackney’s Jewish community tackling anti-Semitism would be a top priority for him should he be elected as London Mayor on Thursday.

Yesterday, 09:16
Samuel Evans is raising money to be able to go to New York University by taking on 2,000 odd jobs

A playwright is doing all he can to realise his dream of studying theatre in New York – including cooking, cleaning, dog walking, waitering and giving massages.

Thu, 17:00
Beth Powell

When Beth Powell nervously entered a summer camp for seriously ill children to volunteer for the first time in 2012, she couldn’t have imagined the impact it would have on her life.

Thu, 15:59
The scene of the crash in Heathland Road. Picture: @999London

A pedestrian has been hit by a car in Stoke Newington.

Thu, 12:10
Suki Jehangir

Grieving Dalston Kingsland station staff this week paid tribute to a popular colleague following her sudden death.

Thu, 12:09
Ruby Wax with the cast of Midsummer nights dream at the Rio cinema

Heads turned in Dalston yesterday, as none other than comedian and actress Ruby Wax turned out to the Rio Cinema with the High Commissioner of Barbados in tow for a film premiere with a difference.

Thu, 07:00
London Fields Brewery

London Fields Brewery is facing “12 rounds” with neighbours over plans to host boxing and wrestling events until 3am.

Wed, 19:43
Aylam in The Runner, played by Rubin Falcao, age 15, photo Sophie Le

Sunnie Sidhu graduated as an actress but she soon learned she needed to make her own opportunities to survive in the movie business.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hackney Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe