Met arrest seven in London after New Year’s Eve revelry

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Seven people have been arrested after a night of muted New Year’s Eve celebrations in the capital.

The Met said individuals were detained for assaulted, breach of bail, theft and sexual touching.

Although there was no official public event due to soaring Covid cases in London, a stunning light show and fireworks display rung in the New Year.

The 13-minute spectacular, which was broadcast live on the BBC, began with 12 bongs from a restored Big Ben.

Crowds still gathered to watch the show but they were a fraction of what is normal on other years.

The Met said it had worked closely with the Mayor’s office, British Transport Police (BTP), Westminster City Council and other partners to make sure everyone had a safe evening.

Commander Paul Brogden, leading this year’s operation, said: “Last night’s New Year’s Eve policing operation went to plan with only some concerns appearing.

“I am pleased to say that the vast majority of the public acted the way we expected them to, making common sense decisions to keep themselves and others safe.

“Westminster Bridge, Embankment and the surrounding areas saw crowds gather for a period during the evening however the mood was largely good natured. The Met had significant resources, including mounted officers, focused in such areas to respond appropriately. Elsewhere in the city, we reported a night of low violence.”

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