Embassy clashes: more held

By Leon Symons, May 8, 2009

Another six men have been arrested in connection with demonstrations outside the Israeli embassy in west London in January.

This brings to 93 the total number of people held in connection with a number of offences alleged to have been committed in two protests held on January 3 and 10 about Israel’s actions in Gaza.

The arrests were part of the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Ute and were carried out by a team created to investigate the disturbances that took place, which included attacks on police officers and a number of shop windows being smashed.

At least 55 police officers have reported being injured as a result of the policing of the demonstrations. The vast majority of injuries were minor, though one officer was knocked unconscious after being hit by a metal object on January 10.

Those arrested last Thursday, all on suspicion of violent disorder were: a 32-year-old man at an address in Ealing; a 20-year-old man in Notting Hill; a 19-year-old man in Tower Hamlets; an 18-year-old man in Wood Green; an 18-year-old man in Holloway a 17-year-old male youth at an address in Tower Hamlets.

Last updated: 12:51pm, May 8 2009