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An event to mark St George’s Day in London has descended into chaos after attendees broke through a cordon and started fighting with police.

A number of groups believed to be linked to football hooligan firms and the far-right travelled across the UK to march on Whitehall today to commemorate St George’s day.

But the Metropolitan Police were forced to intervene as attendees broke through the a barrier an hour before the event began and started attacking officers, prompting the Met to respond by deploying mounted officers to keep the peace.

Footage from the event showed crowds blocking the road while chanting ‘England til I die,’ while one attendee was spotted attacking a police horse with an umbrella.

Members of the far right march from Parliament Square along Whitehall on Saint George’s Day (Picture: Shutterstock)
Attendees started fighting with police after attempting to force their way through a barrier (Picture: Shutterstock)

Other attendees were seen forcing their way through gaps in the cordron while draped in a St George’s flag.

Police previously said the event was due to start at 3pm and ‘must’ end before 5pm.

But following the outburst of violence a Section 60 order was imposed through Lambeth and Westminster which granted police additional powers to perform stop and searches.

An additional order which granted officers the power to require removal of face coverings was also put into effect.

The area allocated to protesters by the police (Picture: Emily Manley)
Police imposed a Section 60 order on the event after violence broke out (Picture: Shutterstock)

In a statement posted on Twitter at 2pm, the Met said: ‘The event is not due to start for an hour and regrettably officers are already dealing with disorder.

‘There is an area allocated for this event in Richmond Terrace. This group went past it and continued up Whitehall.

‘When officers formed a cordon and asked the group to turn round, they reacted by violently forcing their way through. Mounted officers intervened with horses to restore the cordon.

‘Additional policing resources, including public order officers, will be deployed in the area to deal with any incidents.’

Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley Lennon, delivered a speech ‘all about himself’ to crowds of far-right protesters (Picture: Jordan Pettitt/PA Wire)
Actor Laurence Fox was also in attendance (Picture: X / LozzaFox)
One protester attacked a police horse with an umbrella (Picture: X/Twitter)

Protesters were supposed to gather at Richmond Terrace, this afternoon after the Met said they had allocated them the space following ‘discussions with the organisers’ in order to minimise disruption.

Following the outbreak of violence, far-right activist Tommy Robinson later delivered a speech ‘about himself’ to thise still in attendence at the march, which reportedly devolved into an anti-Sadiq Khan rally.

Nick Lowles, of anti-extremist group Hope Not Hate, said the event is ‘no longer a celebration of St George’s Day’.

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