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The footage, posted on Twitter by Jessica Spencer, shows the white immigration enforcement van start driving into the woman’s path as she lies on the ground. There is no indication it was deliberate.
Bystanders then push the van and try to restrain it, helping the woman to crawl out of the way while authorities try to keep the peace after a raid in Gerrard Street.
A large crowd of onlookers had gathered to watch the van arrive, with some of them being moved out of the vehicle’s way as it made its way down the road.
At the start of the first clip, filmed from above the street, the white van is making slow progress as officers escort it down the road.
Some of the bystanders have to be restrained as they try to obstruct the vehicle and tensions threaten to boil over into violence.
The van comes to a complete stop when the women sprawls herself in its path to block it.
But moments later it starts moving again, causing fresh panic as people desperately try to move the woman out of harm’s way.
A Home Office spokesperson said: ‘Following an intelligence-led visit to a business in Gerrard Street, London, yesterday evening, Immigration Enforcement officers requested assistance from the Metropolitan Police Service during a disturbance involving members of the public.
‘Police attended but did not make any arrests and the protest ended at around 7.30pm.
‘No officers or members of the public were harmed during the incident. One woman was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure, but was not found to be injured.’