Labour’s Wapping councillor and prospective candidate are today calling for urgent action following a rave on Saturday night at a disused warehouse on Pennington Street.
Violence broke out at the illegal party following a robbery and two males were stabbed. Police have not yet identified the victims but have said the injuries are not thought to be fatal. A police officer was also injured while trying to restore order. Five arrests were made.
Labour's candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, today said:
"My sympathies go out to all those impacted especially the injured officer and Wapping residents.
"I have been in touch with the borough police commander who is taking the incident very seriously. However more must be done to secure these disused buildings which become a target for troublemakers.
"I am calling for an urgent meeting with the venue, management company and police to make sure this deplorable violence and disorder doesn't happen again."
Robert Scott, Labour's council candidate for Wapping added:
"I was on the scene talking to police officers after the crowd had moved on and arrests had been made. The police were extremely helpful and reassuring to residents who thought the incident might be linked to other serious incidents of antisocial behaviour in the area."
Cllr Denise Jones, Labour councillor for Wapping said
“Pennington Street is not an acceptable place for a late night entertainment venue. Throughout last year residents contacted me about night time anti-social behavior associated with nightclubs - drinking on the street, discarded needles and cans, fighting, noisy speeding vehicles, and loud music.
“Several venues have since had their licences revoked and the police successfully closed them down. Last Christmas a serious incident occurred in nearby Wapping Woods and I worked with residents and council officers to get better lighting and CCTV cameras installed.”