Youths with 'machetes and swords' lock down London estate
A HOUSING estate in London has been put on lockdown by police after reports of young people 'brandishing machetes and swords.'
Youths have reportedly been fighting with armed police at Stamford Hill, in north London, an area known for its Hasidic community, the largest concentration of Haredi Jews in Europe.
One man said he witnessed a car being attacked by a mob of up to 30 armed with bats and hammers after it was chased down the street.
Jake McKeown said on Twitter there are reports that the car's passenger was holding a gun.
It is alleged to be the second successive night of violence in the suburb, which is very close to Finsbury Park, which saw what police are stating was a terrorist attack on Muslims on Monday.
Scenes from riots or something in Stamford Hill right now. Choppers and riot police. Saw a lad swinging an axe at some lads at seven sisters
Riot police and armed officers are on the scene and appear to have cordoned off a large area.
Holding shields and forming a line, officers have been heard urging bystanders to leave the area.
The London Metropolitan Police's helicopter is also hovering overhead.
Police have reportedly found and seized a large amount of weapons
A woman said she had reported an "illegal rave" on the estate near Lynmouth Road.
It is understood a man suffered serious head injuries after a robbery outside a petrol station with the suspects fleeing yesterday. The victim is in a critical condition.
Scenes from riots or something in Stamford Hill right now. Choppers and riot police. Saw a lad swinging an axe at some lads at seven sisters pic.twitter.com/gT4ES9P1v1— Pete Heywoode (@Heywoode) June 20, 2017
A London Metropolitan Police spokesman told the Daily Star: "Additional officers were called to Stamford Hill estate to reports of a fight between a large group.
"One person was found at the scene suffering form a stab wound.
"He has been taken to hospital and we are awaiting an update on his condition
"The incident remains on going."
A spokesman for Jewish neighbourhood watch unit, the Shomrim N.E., said the area had been plagued by youth violence in the past few days.
"Last night's rave saw two stabbed and reports of gunshots," he said.
"Lots of machetes and swords were ditched and hidden by youths in the surrounding streets as police responded to violence."