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Police attacked while stopping illegal rave in Deptford

Police cars in Deptford Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Five officers were injured when they were "rushed" by a "large crowd" in Deptford

Police officers were punched and had cigarettes poked in their faces as they tried to stop an illegal rave in south-east London.

They had been called to Deptford High Street on Friday night after people were spotted entering a disused bank.

Police discovered an unlicensed music event was about to take place and tried to stop it. They said they were "rushed" by a "violent" large crowd.

Five officers were injured, with three taken to hospital for treatment.

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Image caption Three police officers were taken to hospital

Lewisham police tweeted that officers had also been spat at.

Two men and a woman were arrested and taken to a south London police station where they remain in custody, Scotland Yard said.

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