The Daily Mail reports
- Footage captured dozens of police officers using dogs to disperse attendees who left Hyde Park around 9pm
- Revellers were arrested for a range of offences, including possession of class A drugs and assaulting police
- Earlier, clouds of smoke were seen rising above groups in London’s Hyde Park and Woodhouse Moor in Leeds
Police arrested 10 revellers as crowds spilled over into Oxford Street last night after thousands of weed smokers descended on parks across the country to protest against cannabis laws and mark ‘420’ day.
Footage captured dozens of officers using dogs to disperse attendees who had left Hyde Park at around 9pm, with one detective saying some were ‘involved in assaults’ with a ‘machete seen’.
One clip appeared to show a German Shepherd nipping at a man’s leg, causing him to fall to the ground as screams and car horns could be heard blaring in the background.
Superintendent Dan Ivey wrote on Twitter: ‘This was a proportionate response to a large crowd leaving the park, some involved in assaults, with a machete seen, one knife recovered, along with a knuckle duster. All is now calm. Ten arrests made.’
Revellers were arrested for a range of offences, including possession of class A drugs, possession of class B drugs, possession with intent to supply, offensive weapons, affray and assaulting police.
A man was also seen being arrested after refusing to throw away his stash and ‘reacting angrily’ to officers, reported MyLondon.
Earlier in the day, clouds of smoke rose above large groups and music boomed from sound systems as attendees took over London‘s Hyde Park and Woodhouse Moor in Leeds.
One attendee could be spotted grilling meat on a barbecue while a number of stalls were set up selling smoking paraphernalia such as bongs.
And another person claimed to have spent £650 on a huge joint, saying: ‘It took me six hours just to grind up. It cost between £650 and £700. I split it with my mate, we just bought it straight out.’
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