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Two illegal street parties have been broken up by police during another night of unlawful gatherings in London.

Dispersal zones were put in place in Clapham Common and Tooting Bec Common to clear crowds causing “significant disruptions” on Saturday night.

The zones allow uniformed officers extra powers to order people to leave the area and not return.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has called on people not to attend street parties, protests or mass celebrations.

Speaking on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, she said: “As much as people do want to be out right now – the weather is amazing – stick to the rules, follow the guidance.”

‘Simply unacceptable’

She said the rise of mass gatherings held in recent days was “unacceptable” and that it risked a second wave of Covid-19 which would devastate the UK economy.

Ms Patel said “thuggishness and violent behaviour is simply unacceptable”, and more resources would be made available to the police if needed.

She also encouraged people to follow rules and guidance when pubs and restaurants begin to reopen next weekend.

Rubbish left behind at Clapham CommonImage copyright – FRIENDS OF CLAPHAM COMMON – Image caption – The Common was left covered in rubbish

Many local residents complained on Twitter about the rubbish left behind.

Pictures showed bins overflowing, as well as plastic bags, bottles and other waste strewn across the common. The rubbish has now been cleared.

Lambeth Council, which looks after Clapham Common, said it had put more bins out and in May, it had taken away an extra 22 tonnes of waste compared to the same time last year.

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