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A gangs of youths shocked central London shoppers when terrifying footage in Oxford Circus saw them jumping on top of luxury cars and even assaulting police officers.
The scary scenes also saw the gangs looting shops last night (Friday, August 12).
Videos on social media show how Oxford Circus was taken over by masses of yobs – around 100 in total – were causing untold destruction on the busy high street, My London reports.
What spared the chaos is unclear, but the Met Police confirmed that a Section 60 and Section 35 Dispersal orders were placed on the area overnight – and remain in place today (August 13).
At least one youth was arrested at the scene.
A Met Police spokesman said: “Police were called at 17:53hrs to Oxford Circus W1 to a group of youths gathering and concerns around a fight.
“Officers responded. Several pockets of youths are reported to have entered a number of shops and stolen various items.
“Several arrests have been made for theft and assault on police.
“Police continued work to disperse them.
“A Section 60 and Section 35 Dispersal Order are in place and the National Police Air Service provided assistance.”
Social media users believed to have been caught up in the chaos shared their thoughts on Twitter.
One wrote: “y r there 500 16 year olds runnin around in oxford circus ??? (sic)”
And another posted: “Police everywhere – saw loads of ppl yelling and police run. (sic)
“We ran into closest shop who locked doors and managed to get out and run to tube station before it got worse.”
Another confirmed that the Oxford Circus area was closed at the time, but it has reopened today.
No injuries were reported at the time, and it is thought that the chaos might also have spread to Marble Arch – according to some on social media – but this has not yet been confirmed.
The Daily Star has contacted Met Police for more information.
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