Police, firemen, chaos — not something anyone would have foreseen from a simple water fight.
Witnesses described a "riot" breaking out near the famous Serpentine Lake in the royal park.
HYDE PARK (22:33). 50 police officers in riot gear, 4/5 on horses, 4 bully vans and 1 helicopter. pic.twitter.com/86bPt2rZQ0— Someone actually (@imanilindsay) July 19, 2016
Apparently, several hundred people gathered at the Hyde Park for a water fight to beat the heat, but things went out of hand when some of them threw bottles at the police. An officer was stabbed and another was injured by a bottle.
Reinforcements were called in when situation turned hostile.
"Both have been taken to hospital for treatment," said the police in a statement. "Their injuries are described as not life threatening."
Two other people suffered from stab wounds.
According to the Met Police, at about 8:40 p.m., parts of the crowd became "hostile" and began to throw things — including bottles — at officers.
It is not yet clear what initiated the fight.
The mob was driven back to Marble Arch where around 500 remained until midnight.
Jon Paul Dorrian, 30, manager at Hyde Park tennis center, described the chaos that took place after the crowds began arriving at around 4 p.m. yesterday.
“Later there were at least 1,000 young people down by the Serpentine playing music out of their speakers and the atmosphere seemed OK,” he said. “There was a small police presence through the early evening but all of sudden, just before 9 p.m., there were officers everywhere. There were riot vans and police cars and bikes hurtling through the park."
He claimed there were other people around them, like tourists and people after work “enjoying picnics with wine coolers.” Dorrian said it was strange how the picturesque scene turned into chaos with police driving back a group of young people.
“The group got angry. Some were shouting ‘Black Lives Matter.’ They were young and they were mostly intoxicated,” he recalled.
Many hold, however, that there was no connection between the riot and Black Lives Matter.
BLM had nothing to do with the nonsense at #hydepark— Sipawa (@Fxklogan) July 20, 2016
Lets not mix BLM with petty violence ?????? #hydepark— Stefffffff (@_Ornacia) July 20, 2016
No arrests have been made as yet, but the police have asked anyone with information to call Westminster police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.