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06 December 2020 18:39

London Stabbing Knightsbridge

'Chaos' as hundreds flout Covid-19 rules outside Harrods as police arrest four

A Harrods member of staff witnessed a colleague being "pushed for telling a woman to wear a mask" as huge crowds caused chaos at the store. Hundreds of people were pictured outside the Knightsbridge department store, on Hans Crescent, as shoppers headed into Central London for the first weekend since the national lockdown ended. A picture shared with MyLondon showed the huge mass of people congregating outside on Saturday afternoon, December 5 and not many - if any at all - of them appear to be wearing masks. A Harrods employee, who asked not to be named, said: "Too many people were in the shop at the same time as everyone was eager to get out for the Christmas rush. A statement from Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called at 1.09pm on Saturday, December 5 to reports of a large group of people attempting to enter a shop in Brompton Road.

The famous luxury department store in Knightsbridge, London, was overrun with huge crowds of people appearing to ignore social distancing rules. Almost none were seen wearing masks as they crammed into the space outside the store and tried to enter it on on Saturday afternoon. Police arrived at the scene shortly after 1pm and arrested four people on suspicion of affray, flouting Covid-19 rules and a public order offence. Save Night Clubs shared the video and wrote: 'This is happening outside Harrods and many other shops in London, people walking shoulder to shoulder, meanwhile thousands of people from the entertainment business are not able to work for over 1 year!' YounNone appeared to be wearing masks as they crammed into the street outside (Picture: Elliott Franks) This is happening outside Harrods and many other shops in London, people walking shoulder to shoulder, meanwhile thousands of people from the entertainment business are not able to work for over 1 year! In a statement, Met Police said: 'Police were called at around 13:09hrs on Saturday, 5 December to reports of a large group of people attempting to enter a shop in Brompton Road, SW1.

It is not clear why the large crowds gathered outside Harrods (Picture: Elliott Franks) Hundreds of people were pictured gathering outside Harrods in London's West End on Saturday, with some onlookers complaining that they were not wearing masks or social distancing. Police said four people were arrested as a large crowd tried to enter the famous department store. The Metropolitan Police said it had been called to the shop on Brompton Road at around 1pm to "reports of a large group of people attempting to enter a shop". However, police were present as hundreds of people again gathered outside the Knightsbridge store later in the day. Similar images showed large numbers of people gathering at Covent Garden, while crowds were also seen at a Christmas market in Nottingham which prompted criticism from local residents.

After pictures appeared to show some people closely packed together, one Twitter user wrote: "Where was the hands face space in Nottingham Christmas Market yesterday? Worried on-lookers described chaotic scenes that triggered fears of a terrorist attack as those gathered outside the luxury store tried to force their way in. 18 Hundreds of shoppers ignored social distancing rules outside the luxury store in the capital Credit: 2020 � Elliott Franks 18 Harrods has recently reopened following the end of England's second coronavirus lockdown Credit: 2020 � Elliott Franks 18 Shoppers were refused entry as police tried to disperse the groups Credit: 2020 � Elliott Franks Photos show the large crowd - which gathered around 11.30am - crammed into a pedestrian street outside Harrods Kamran Hussain, 20, who works for Harrods as a Sales Associate, said: "I was going out for my lunch and I saw a big crowd of people who were all dressed up. "Police were called to reports of a large group of people attempting to enter a shop in Brompton Road, SW1," said the force. 18 Cops confronting the shoppers outside Harrods, London Credit: WENN There was "chaos" as hundreds of young people flouted coronavirus rules and tried to "stampede" into Harrods just days after England's lockdown ended.

Police made four arrests for affray and Covid-19 restriction breaches when they were called to the posh department store in Knightsbridge, west London, on Saturday. Photos show a massive crowd gathered outside as Christmas shoppers tried to enter the store - and throngs of people also flooded Covent Garden, Regent Street and Oxford Street on a day dubbed "Stupor Saturday". There was fury online as young people outside Harrods ignored social distancing guidelines and most in the crowd were not wearing a face mask to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Another person claimed people in the crowd were "shouting and running around and no one wearing a face mask or being challenged in the store". The Metropolitan Police said officers arrested four people after they were called to reports of a large group attempting to enter a store just after 1pm. A spokesperson said: "Police were called at around 1.09pm on Saturday, 5 December to reports of a large group of people attempting to enter a shop in Brompton Road, SW1.