Blackheath Funfair: Chaos after 'stabbing and acid attack' as seven people arrested and kids told to stay home

DOZENS of police last night descended on Blackheath Funfair after a number of assaults and a reported stabbing. 

Parents were urged to get their children home after crowds flocked to Circus Field in South East London amid reports of “anti-social behaviour.”

Seven people have been arrested for possession of an offensive weapon, with cops responding to reports of a stabbing and “acid attack”.

However no victim has yet been found, as officers turned out in force in an attempt to control the chaos. 

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A Section 60 – giving police officers stop and search powers – was in place until 7am this morning. 

Footage of the funfair shows lines of officers forming a human barrier with dogs in tow. 

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Another video showed a handful of police vans lining what appear to be the streets surrounding the field. 

In one video a helicopter, which appeared to be a police aircraft, could also be heard flying overhead.

One witness said:"Took the kids to Blackheath fun fair and it’s been shut down.

“Spoke to some people there who witnessed someone having acid thrown on them and set alight. 

“We witnessed police being attacked too. Must be a thousand youngsters there."


Labour MP for Greenwich and Woolwich Matthew Pennycook tweeted to say he was "aware of the large-scale disorder taking place on Circus Field, Blackheath".

He added: "The police are deploying extra resource.

"Please avoid the area. If you believe your child is at the funfair or in the area, please ask them to return home immediately."

The Royal Borough of Greenwich also tweeted, urging parents to keep their children safe.

"Following the disorder at Blackheath funfair we are asking all parents to make sure their children are nowhere near the area, for their own safety," the tweet read.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police were called at about 16:20hrs on Tuesday, 12 April following reports of antisocial behaviour and a number of assaults at Greenwich Park.

"A stabbing has also been reported; following a thorough search of the area no victim was found. Officers are therefore content that no stabbing took place.

"A number of police resources were sent to the scene and a cordon was put in place to help disperse the large number of people in attendance. By about 18:15hrs the area had been cleared.

"A section 60 was authorised and was in place until 07:00hrs on Wednesday, 13 April.

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"Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and related offences.

"Police are dealing with reports of antisocial behaviour and a number of assaults at Greenwich Park."

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