Three people stabbed and 16 arrested after mass brawl outside pub

Three people have been stabbed in a mass brawl outside a pub in London.

Police swooped in following the incident outside the Earl of Chatham pub in Woolwich, south-east London, at about 6:25pm on Friday. Sixteen people have been arrested.

Three victims were rushed to a nearby hospital, however their conditions are unknown at this time. A video posted to X, formerly Twitter, by @Tobyslim that was seen showed cops forcibly holding somebody on the pavement, reports the Mirror.

Another officer then parks a police van and races out to assist his colleagues who continue to pin a person to the ground. Bystanders could be seen watching on from the other side of the road throughout the video.

A Met Police spokesperson told T he Mirror: "Police were called at around 6:25pm on Friday, 31 May, to a fight in Thomas Street, Woolwich. Officers attended the location and found three males suffering stab injuries. All have been taken to hospital; their conditions have been assessed as not life-threatening.

"Additional officers have been deployed to the area and a total of 16 people have been arrested in connection with the incident. Enquiries continue. A Section 60 is in place until 9:37am on 1 June covering the SE18 postcode area."

A Section 60 order gives police the power to stop and search anyone in a certain area, even without reasonable grounds. It is typically introduced in an area where a serious or violent incident has taken place. It is set up for a limited time and allows police to stop and search people they suspect of having participated in or are about to commit a crime.

Any witnesses or anyone with video of the attack that could assist the Met Police has been asked to call 101 and quote reference number 5815/31may. You can also call Crimstoppers annonymously on 0800 555 111.

According to the Ben Kinsella Trust, an anti-knife crime advocacy charity, said there were 49,489 police-recorded offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in 2023. It added there were a 7 per cent increase in police recorded offences involving a knife in the last 12 months.

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