WHAT appeared to have started out as a spat between two girls, who were said to be dating the same boy, escalated into a fight and then a riot with over 200 participants in Walthamstow, London on the evening of October 6.
The fight started outside Walthamstow tube station and ended up with 100 police closing the area and having to disarm baseball bat-wielding rioters.
According to the Daily Mail, Waltham Forest Police said that around 200 young people aged between 16 and 20 gathered in Walthamstow, adding that they believe the majority are not from the local area.
A police spokesman said: “Due to the large numbers and calls about a fight, several police resources were deployed.
“At the time of the police arrival, the group were not committing offences but their presence in such numbers would be alarming to members of the public as would the volume of police vehicles.
“It is important to stress there has been no riot. The MPS Territorial Support Group were called and dealt with a large group who refused to leave.”
There was a flurry of activity on social media with images of girls fighting and it is suggested that the participants from rival colleges had returned for a planned fight following a skirmish outside McDonalds the previous day, which rather disagrees with the police statement above.
Local MP, Stella Creasy, tweeted as soon as she was aware of the problem: “Furious to hear there is a fight outside Walthamstow Central station – will be following up with police but pls (sic) stay clear of area for now.”
There are reports of three arrests but no serious injuries and, after about four hours, the situation had calmed down enough to allow residents to resume their daily lives.