Videos have emerged from Oxford Street in London, where chaos erupted following a social media campaign to "rob JD Sports" and shoplift. Three young men were detained by the Metropolitan Police at the shopping hotspot amid fears of mayhem.
Footage shows police grappling with two youths and detaining a third. In a separate video, infamous TikToker Mizzy was also stopped by officers. It's unclear if the TikTok thug was partaking in the "mass shoplifting event," the Daily Mail reports.
The chaos was sparked by a viral post urging thugs to rob JD Sports and other stores, with a poster instructing a "dress code" of balaclavas and gloves, and warning: "Don't come if you can't run," and "Don't bring any weapons."
A police dispersal order has been issued, giving the power to ban people from the area for 48 hours. Two males were detained for breaching this order, and a third boy, in his early teens, was also given a dispersal order.
A spokesperson for the Met Police stated that during today's crackdown, the force has issued 11 dispersal orders, stating, "We continue to have a highly visible presence in the Oxford Street area," adding that they will "deal robustly with anyone coming to the West End intent on committing crime."
Retailers in the famous London shopping area have been alerted that the chaos may attract youths aged "16 to 25," according to a security briefing by the New West End Company.
The company also announced that it will increase patrols on Oxford Street, working alongside the Met Police to stop troublemakers seeking to disrupt and vandalize the area.