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Police were pelted with bottles after trouble flared outside a private party at a primary school in east London.
The teenagers left a trail of destruction after clashing with officers who called in dog teams and a helicopter.
One officer was slightly injured in the disturbance outside Willow Brook primary school on Church Road, Leyton last night.
Witnesses said crowds of teenagers were packed into the grounds of the school which can be hired out for events during holidays.
Mother of three Adriana Walas, 33, who lives opposite the school, said: “It was a big party. The next thing we knew police sirens were ringing and there were police everywhere.
“It was really frightening. My children were trying to sleep.”
Zaheed Hansa, 35, said: “It was chaos. There were teenagers running everywhere, it was like a riot. The police had shields, there was a helicopter – it was all kicking off.
“Some of the kids were hiding in my garden, we were all scared. It was getting violent.
“There was loads of screaming, boys and girls were clashing with the police. They trampled on loads of cars. People woke up to find their vehicles ruined.”
Another resident David Job, 75, said: “There were police everywhere. These kids were running riot. They seemed to come from all over to the party.”
One resident said: “It was a teen party that was supposed to end at 9pm but got completely out of hand.
“The huge police presence was probably necessary as we’re next to marshland so they needed to disperse them towards areas where they wouldn’t lose them.”
Mark Rivas, who posted a video of the chaos on Twitter, said: “I was listening to music when I saw a whole crowd outside then I started filming.
“I could also see people jumping on cars and I heard dogs barking.”
Surrounding roads were closed and buses diverted as a police helicopter hovered overhead.
The school issued a statement: “Willow Brook School in Leyton E10 lets its large hall to the local community at very reasonable rates as part of its commitment to serving its community – the income from which is used to boost the school’s budget in the face of government cuts.
“The school was concerned to learn of the misuse of Willow Brook school hall last night and has ceased lettings with immediate effect whilst a thorough investigation takes place.”
A Met spokesman said: “Police were called shortly before 9pm to reports of a large crowd causing a disturbance in the area of Church Road, Leyton.
“We understand that many of those in the crowd had been unable to gain access to a party.
“Officers sought to disperse the crowd, the majority of whom complied with police.
“However, at around 11pm a group became hostile, and missiles were thrown at police officers.
“Most of those present had dispersed by midnight.
“There have been no arrests. CCTV footage will be viewed to identify anyone who committed criminal acts.
“One police officer sustained a minor injury.”
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