It’s been revealed today that EastEnders bosses had to cancel an outdoor shoot this week after a knife wielding gang of thugs forced their way on-set and threatened to stab the show’s stars and production crew.
The Mirror reports that Patsy Palmer, who plays Bianca Butcher, and 16-year-old James Ford – who plays her on-screen son Liam – were filming scenes in a park when the youths were heard yelling, “We’ll cut you.”
The paper adds, “The teenagers, some in hoodies and one with his face partly covered, hurled snowballs at onlookers before turning on the crew of the BBC1 soap.”
Security staff were hastily rushed to the scene in Graham Park in Colindale, north London to protect the BBC staff from the seven-strong gang who allegedly also threw fireworks.
A show source said, “A lot of locals came to see the shoot and most were really excited.
“But by mid-afternoon a pack of teenagers, a few in hoodies, began causing trouble.
“At first they were just messing around and throwing snowballs at people watching. Then it turned nasty.
“They began to heckle the security staff and crew trying to film. They were shouting expletives and saying they wanted to have a fight.
“They also said they had knives and would cut up the crew.”
The source added, “It was clearly a group of bored lads who wanted to cause trouble.
“The cast and crew weren’t bothered at first and kept filming – but then packed up. Late in the day the boys lit a firework and aimed it at the set.”
An EastEnders representative said, “We always get a lot of attention on location. All situations are monitored, as safety of cast and crew is our priority.”
Shamefully, this is yet another sign of ‘Broken Britain’.
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