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First person convicted for night of 'disorder' in Hyde Park


An 18-year-old man has become the first person to be convicted following a night of what police describe as "disorder" in Hyde Park.

Joshua Clements, from Hammersmith and Fulham, admitted stabbing two men, carrying a knife and handling stolen goods.

His victims were both aged 19 and were stabbed with a hunting knife.

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Clements had attempted to disguise his identity by wearing a face mask covered in a camouflage pattern.

Officers traced Clements’ movements via CCTV.

An image of Clements’ face with his mask off was circulated and recognised by a police constable attached to a west London gangs unit

A weapon seized at Clements’ home was forensically linked to one of his crimes.

– Met Police
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The attack happened on July 19th when thousands of people gathered in Hyde Park during one of the hottest days of the year.

As the evening wore on, violence broke out.

Clements was recognised by an officer attached to a gangs unit in west London, leading to him being arrested.

The first attack took place inside Hyde Park itself in which a teenager stabbed in the stomach.

The second attack happened just outside Cumberland Gate and the victim was stabbed in his chest and both arms.

Both men sustained serious injuries but are recovering well according to police.

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Thousands of people had gathered in Hyde Park to enjoy one of the hottest days of the year but unfortunately amongst them were individuals determined to commit serious crimes. Clements is a violent individual who targeted two innocent people, thinking he could evade justice.

His victims sustained very serious injuries and I am pleased that the overwhelming evidence against him has persuaded him to plead guilty to these offences.

– Det Ch Insp Nicola Wall

Sentencing has been adjourned to a later date.