Riot police use batons against charging crowd after 'illegal rave' in London

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Riot police have used batons to disperse hundreds of people after an alleged illegal rave in central London.

Officers blocked off Black Prince Road on Albert Embankment after reports a fire had broken out at a building near Lambeth fire station on Halloween night.

There were dramatic scenes as riot police with dogs and shields drew their batons against a charging crowd, some of whom threw bottles and shouted "Scum".

London Fire Brigade said they had received a report of a fire alarm but that there was no blaze.

A witness said: "It was mayhem. There was traffic chaos as police blocked the road."

Most of the crowd had dispersed just before 12.30am, while those who remained chanted at officers.