News 6 December 2020

Four arrested after hundreds of people gather outside of Harrods

6 December 2020

Four people have been arrested after crowds crammed into small spaces outside of Harrods in London yesterday.

The luxury department store saw numbers in the hundreds arrive and police officers struggled to disperse them.

Of the four arrests, two were for affray, one for a public order offence and the other for a breach of Covid restrictions.

Videos and images posted to social media show large crowds of people outside of Harrods and Harvey Nichols and many were not wearing masks.


In a statement, the 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.”

 “Four males were arrested in total – two for affray, one for breach of Covid regulations, and another for a public order offence and breach of Covid regulations. The crowd have since dispersed.”

Critics on social media complained about the crowds and the possible impact that the lack of social distancing shown may have on the pandemic.

London is currently in tier 2 which forbids the mixing of households in indoor spaces.