'Urgent action' called for after stabbings at illegal rave in Wapping
Two men were stabbed and a policeman was injured during an illegal rave in Wapping on Saturday night.
Violence broke out at the party in Pennington Street. Reports said revelers then turned on police as they attempted to deal with the trouble. Five arrests were made.
Labour's candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has called for action over the illegal raves.
"My sympathies go out to all those impacted especially the injured officer and Wapping residents," he said.
"I have been in touch with the borough police commander who is taking the incident very seriously. However more must be done to secure these disused buildings which become a target for troublemakers.
"I am calling for an urgent meeting with the venue, management company and police to make sure this deplorable violence and disorder doesn't happen again."
Cllr Denise Jones, Labour councillor for Wapping said the violence was not isolated.
She said Pennington Street had seen regular trouble.
"Throughout last year residents contacted me about night time anti-social behaviour associated with nightclubs - drinking on the street, discarded needles and cans, fighting, noisy speeding vehicles, and loud music," she said.
"Several venues have since had their licences revoked and the police successfully closed them down. Last Christmas a serious incident occurred in nearby Wapping Woods and I worked with residents and council officers to get better lighting and CCTV cameras installed."
Robert Scott, Labour's council candidate for Wapping, was at the scene after the officers had made arrests.
"The police were extremely helpful and reassuring to residents who thought the incident might be linked to other serious incidents of antisocial behaviour in the area."
Management of a neighbouring business to where the rave took place also spoke of their disappointment at the weekend's disturbance.
Studio Spaces a photographic company based on Pennington Street had to cancel a pop-up restaurant and live jazz event due to the trouble.
They had first noticed squatters living in the building next door around three weeks ago.
Manager Yuval Hen said his firm had worked hard over recent months to confront problems in the area.
"What happened this weekend was a real damage to everything we have done," he said.
Events manager Dominic Perez-Silva added: "We feel that if a few more businesses open up on the street, we can make a huge difference in the regeneration and transformation of Wapping and the surrounding areas."