Barking disorder: 16 arrested after armed brawl in 'worst violence …
A town centre was rocked by its worst violence “since the London Riots” as rampaging youths armed with knives and spiked poles clashed in the streets.
Two mass brawls involving dozens of youths broke out in the space of two hours on Tuesday in Barking town centre, north-east London.
Police made 16 arrests and seized several knives, baseball bats and a spiked wooden pole.
Violence first flared at about 3.25pm in Sandringham Road.
Police broke up the crowds and made two arrests.
Officers were then called out to nearby St Paul’s Road about two hours later, where they made 14 arrests for violent disorder.
Weapons were seized at both crime scenes.
In terms of the numbers involved this is the most significant incident we have had to deal with since then, but we believe we have the resources to deal with it.
Scotland Yard said on Wednesday that police had ramped up patrols in the area.
Five men and 11 boys remain in custody.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Barking and Dagenham police via 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.