Police issued a dispersal order after hundreds of teenagers gathered by the Cutty Sark in Greenwich last night.
Large groups began drinking opposite the landmark from around 3pm onwards, clearly in breach of current lockdown regulations.
A dispersal order was authorised for the entire SE10 post code, allowing officers to ask people to leave or seize weapons from 9pm to 6am.
Met Police say a Section 35 dispersal order has been authorised and is in place covering the entire SE10 post code until 06:00 tomorrow morning. pic.twitter.com/mcgnlXWqZg
— London 999 Feed (@999London) November 28, 2020
A police spokesperson said: “Police were called at 3.08pm on Saturday, 28 November to reports of a large group of people in King William Walk, SE10.
“Officers attended and four approximately 300 people congregating in the area and drinking alcohol.
“Officers engaged with the group and they were made to disperse.
“An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of breaching Covid regulations.”
Under the current rules, you are only allowed to meet with one person from another household outside at social distance.
Live music was reportedly being pumped out at the gathering and the pavement was strewn with bottles.
Social media users expressed dismay as images of the gathering emerged.
One tweeted: “This is #Greenwich RIGHT NOW.
“In a #pandemic I can’t shop or walk because it’s like a f*ing street party of complete c***ts. Beggars belief. #covid19 #selfish.”
Another said: “Seems lockdown is over in Greenwich tonight.
“A couple hundred 16-17-18 year olds have turned up for a party, complete with a DJ.”