Horror as men fight with swords and machetes in daylight London scrap

Around a dozen men have been filmed brawling with machetes, knives and swords during broad daylight in Croydon.

The horror footage shows the mass street brawl erupting near two busy railway stations in the capital on Tuesday 3 September.

Louds shouts can be heard as two people begin to battle in the street, hearing the sounds of their weapons clashing together.

The camera becomes shaky as a group of men begin to sprint up the street.

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Car horns and more shouting can be heard over the clip.

The cameraman says: "What is happening in Croydon? Jeeze."

One man can be seen picking up a long object – thought to be a knife – before walking towards to group.

Two men appear to be facing the group as they wield other long objects.

The footage was originally shared via Snapchat showing what is thought to have begun as a brawl between two men quickly escalating.

A spokesman for the Met Police said: "Police were called to London Road, Croydon, shortly after 7.02pm on Tuesday, September 3 to reports of 20 men fighting with weapons.

"Officers attended. The group had left the scene. One knife was recovered. There were no reported injuries. Enquiries continue.

"The Met is committed to tackling crime and disorder across the capital, and there are Safer Neighbourhoods Teams working hard in every ward in London – including the Broad Green SNT which covers West Croydon.

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"Over 150 arrests have been made by the Croydon Neighbourhoods Policing Team in the area of London Road, West Croydon since March 2019.

"This action is in direct response to local concerns about drug dealing, anti-social behaviour and violence in the area.

"We are continuing our efforts to reduce crime in West Croydon, and we remain fully committed to increasing public confidence in the Met and our work with the community.

"We urge everyone in West Croydon, including local businesses, who have information about criminality in the area to speak with local police officers."

It comes after a 17-year-old stabbing victim has been named after CCTV shows a gang of youths fleeing the scene.

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