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UPDATE: London sees in 2017 in spectacular fashion

News   •   Jan 01, 2017 03:24 GMT

London saw in 2017 in spectacular fashion with a firework display over the river Thames and some of the Capital's most iconic landmarks.

Thousands of revellers attended the ticket-only event and, as in previous years, those without tickets were urged to stay away. The vast majority of ticket holders followed police advice and arrived at viewing areas in good time to allow for security checks to take place in order to keep those attending safe.

Detective Superintendent Phil Langworthy, Met Police spokesperson for the event said:

"Once again, the eyes of the world were on London and a truly spectacular event has been delivered here. Our focus, with other emergency services was ensuring the safety of all those attending the event tonight and our officers have also worked closely alongside stewards.

"Whilst the New Year's Eve celebrations have come to a close, officers will continue to work through the night to get the streets back to normal in time for the New Year's Day parade.

"The Command Team would like to thank the thousands of officers and staff who have been involved in the planning and delivery of tonight’s policing operation.

"We would also like to thank the British Transport Police, City of London Police, Transport for London (TfL), the Greater London Authority (GLA), the Mayor of London and the event company, for their continued support in working together to ensure this was a safe and successful event for everyone to be proud of."

There have been 35 arrests made by officers working on the operation for New Year's Eve for offences including:

5 x ABH/common assault
1 x drugs offence
12 x public order offences
5 x GBH
2 x sexual offences
1 x criminal damage
2 x assault on police
2 x theft
5 x other