Police in Havering are aware of three incidents over a number of consecutive days in the vicinity of a licensed premises in Hornchurch.
Officers from the East Area Command are working with partnership colleagues at Havering Council concerning licensing conditions at the venue.
Inspector Mel Gilmour of East Area Command said: “We understand that these incidents are of great concern to those living and working in the area around Hornchurch Town Centre and want to assure local people that we believe them to be separate and isolated.
“Together with our partnership licensing colleagues, we continue to work with the licensee who has assured us that the services of some security staff have been suspended while our investigation takes place. Discussions around licensing conditions are ongoing.
“We are aware of footage being circulated on social media and ask that this footage, which is now being treated as evidence, is no longer shared as speculation around criminal offences is unhelpful to the investigation and could prejudice any future legal proceedings.
“We want everyone to enjoy the return of our hospitality venues and the opportunity to socialise, but this must be done within a safe environment and those who seek to jeopardise that safety will be identified, apprehended and placed before the courts.
“Those using the bars and restaurants in the area will notice a heightened police presence during coming weekends to provide additional reassurance. Anyone who has concerns should approach officers, or, in an emergency, always dial 999.”
INCIDENT 1: Police were called at approximately 22:00hrs on Friday, 27 August to reports of a man, aged 20s, being threatened with acid by a group of three males at High Street, Hornchurch.
Officers attended. An 18-year-old male was arrested nearby on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and public order. He was taken to an east London police station and was bailed to return on a date in late September.
No persons were injured.
Anyone with information or footage relating to this incident should call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 480/27.
INCIDENT 2: Police are investigating an assault that occurred at 23:00hrs on Saturday, 28 August outside a licensed premises at High Street, Hornchurch.
A 25-year old man was found with facial injuries. His injuries were not life threatening.
Enquiries continue to establish the circumstances.
Both the venue and two members of security staff are assisting officers with their enquiries.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 5210/30Aug21.
INCIDENT 3: Police were called at 03:25hrs on Monday, 30 August 2021 to reports of an injured man outside a licensed premises at Hornchurch High Street.
Officers attended, at the scene a 39-year-old man was found having suffered facial injuries. He was being assisted by members of the public.
The injured man was taken by London Ambulance Service to an east London hospital where he was found to have suffered a serious head injury. He is in a stable condition.
There have been no arrests at this time. Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 1130/30AUG.
If you have information relating to any of these incidents but don’t want to speak directly to police call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers_uk.org where you will not be asked for your name and our IP address will not be recorded.