A 15-year-old girl was left with stab wounds after a fight broke out during the 4/20 ‘Weed Day’ gathering in London’s Hyde Park.
The gathering, which usually sees thousands turn up to smoke weed while protesting for cannabis to be legalised, had been cancelled because of ongoing coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
However, crowds still turned up and violence erupted at around 6.10pm on Tuesday.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police who were on patrol in the park were alerted to the fight and rushed to the scene to break it up.
After dispersing those who were involved in the scuffle, they discovered that the 15-year-old girl had been stabbed in the leg.
Officers carried out first aid at the scene before the London Ambulance Service were called to assist.
The girl was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries and was discharged following treatment.
Pictures from the scene show a crowd of people watching the fight take place, with one of the people involved appearing to hold a knife.
It is not clear whether those involved in the fight were taking part in the 4/20 gathering.
In a statement the Metropolitan Police said: “A number of people are likely to have seen what happened. They are asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC providing the reference CAD6227/20APR.”
An increased number of officers were already in Hyde Park due to the breach of COVID regulations.
Outdoor gatherings are currently only permitted for groups of up to six people, with regulations easing over the next two months.
The annual "Weed Day" gathering take place on 20 April – which corresponds to the 4/20 code name.
Those who take part call for cannabis use to be legalised in the UK, where it is currently illegal to possess, grow, distribute or sell the drug.
Anyone caught carrying the drug can be handed a maximum of five years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both, while those convicted of producing and supplying the Class B drug could be jailed for up to 14 years.
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