How many police officers DOES it take to shut down a gospel singer? New video shows FIVE Met constables threatening to arrest Christian singer on Oxford Street as onlookers say ‘shouldn’t you be trying to catch rapists and murderers?’

Shocking new footage has revealed it took five police officers to shut down a Gospel singer as she performed for fans on Oxford Street.

Harmonie London, 20, was singing outside John Lewis’ flagship store in London on Sunday when she was approached by volunteer police officer Maya Hadzhipetkova who mistakenly told the busker she could not ‘sing church songs outside the church grounds’.

Scotland Yard has since apologized for the accident, explaining that the alleged offense was down to unlicensed busking rather than the content of the songs she was singing, adding that Hadzhipetkova was being investigated.

But now new footage of the incident shows there were five other constables at the scene, with one of the cops heckled by a passer-by who asked why officers weren’t spending their time ‘murderers, rapists, murderers’ instead. do not catch

Onlookers slammed the Metropolitan Police for ‘wasting taxpayers’ money’ and police resources and demanded an explanation as to why officers threatened to confiscate Harmonie’s equipment.

Harmonie London (20) (pictured) was singing outside John Lewis' flagship store in London on Sunday when she was approached by volunteer police officer Maya Hadzhipetkova.

Harmonie London (20) (pictured) was singing outside John Lewis’ flagship store in London on Sunday when she was approached by volunteer police officer Maya Hadzhipetkova.

Scotland Yard has since apologized for the accident, explaining that the alleged offense was due to unlicensed busking

Scotland Yard has since apologized for the accident, explaining that the alleged offense was due to unlicensed busking

Scotland Yard has since apologized for the accident, explaining that the alleged offense was due to unlicensed busking

The Christian singer told MailOnline tonight that she felt ‘threatened’ by the five officers and added that it was a ‘waste of police resources’ when the force kept ‘saying they are underfunded and that crime is very high in London’.

Throughout the new clip, a police officer is approached by Harmonie’s videographer for sounding ‘very silly’ to which the male constables respond: ‘Hello YouTube, I seem to sound very silly’.

The woman is then heard telling the officer: ‘I’d rather you use our taxpayers’ money to catch murderers, rapists, pedophiles, but you’re here after a fraud who’s really a council problem, not yours. not.

‘All these officers are wasting taxpayers’ money here. It’s embarrassing for you and a waste of police time. And I don’t think all police officers here are happy with this.’

To which the unnamed officer replied: ‘I’m not after anyone, she’s going, I’m happy with that. If you would walk away and stop engaging me in conversation, I would walk away too. You asked me to talk to you.’

When the filmmaker again insists that the officers should ‘catch murderers, rapists, murderers’ instead of stopping smugglers on the street, the officer sarcastically retorts: ‘In which case next time I hear of a murder, I will go there.’

At the end of the video, the officer stuck her tongue out at the singer as she continued filming

At the end of the video, the officer stuck her tongue out at the singer as she continued filming

Harmonie London is playing Christian music again today on Oxford Street in London

Harmonie London is playing Christian music again today on Oxford Street in London

People watch and give money to Harmonie London as she performs on Oxford Street today

People watch and give money to Harmonie London as she performs on Oxford Street today

She goes on to chide the officers for ‘standing around and doing nothing’, instead ‘catching people who aren’t even criminals’.

Is it illegal to sing Christian songs outside the church grounds?

There is no law in England and Wales against the singing of hymns, Christian or otherwise, on pavements.

The volunteer police officer therefore incorrectly suggested that Harmonie London could not sing ‘church songs outside the church grounds’.

There are council bylaws relating to a bus driving license and not blocking roads – which could have been what confused the officer.

The Metropolitan Police claimed the dispute was over a ‘specific bylaw relating to busking’.

Bus driving is not illegal in England and Wales, but there may be some bylaws or rules imposed by councils, such as not making too much noise.

Singers can also be told to block sidewalks, not display notices asking for payment, and drive only in certain parts of a town or for a set period of time.

Westminster City Council policy for Oxford Street is that it is one of the bus and street entertainment regulated areas of the West End.

Policy states that a ‘light touch licensing scheme’ applies in the area, meaning anyone will ‘only be able to drive in designated stands’.

They must also apply for a license to perform, abide by the terms and conditions of the designated stands and abide by the conditions of their licence.

“Okay then I’m going to catch some criminals?” replied the officer, before explaining that his job role was primarily about ‘preservation of life’.

Revealing the new footage, Harmonie blasted the male officer for being ‘really condescending’, adding that ‘it was almost like he was saying how dare you tell me to go fight a crime’.

She told MailOnline: ‘I packed away my equipment because they threatened to confiscate my equipment and I didn’t want to get in trouble with them because they didn’t listen to me.

‘It was quite aggressive, and it was quite out of hand. I’ll be honest, I was really scared.

‘The whole thing was badly handled, and it was just a waste of police resources. They say they are underfunded and that crime is very high in London and so I think the resources could be used in a better way.

“It’s never happened before, but you feel threatened, it was threatening. I don’t see myself as a law breaker or a rebel. I am a law abiding citizen. I hope they leave me alone in the future.’

The singer added that members of the public told her a woman had been robbed near Oxford Street but the police did nothing while they claimed another man had a mental breakdown at the same time but officers ‘took him not even seen’.

‘Someone said a woman was being robbed, but they weren’t interested in anything but me. Another person said there was a gentleman nearby who had a mental breakdown and they didn’t even look at him.

The new footage comes days after the first video surfaced of Hadzhipetkova telling Harmonie she was ‘not allowed to sing church songs outside the church grounds’ – before sticking her tongue out at the singer.

Harmonie, who was stopped by the officer while performing Amazing Grace, tried to protest her innocence to the officer, saying: ‘You are, you are (able to sing church hymns).’

This caused a huge public backlash and led to the volunteer police officer – who also works at Costa Coffee – being accused of breaching the musician’s human rights to freedom of expression and religion.

Harmonie London puts on her gear as she performs on Oxford Street this afternoon

Harmonie London puts on her gear as she performs on Oxford Street this afternoon

People watch and give money to Harmonie London as she performs on Oxford Street today

People watch and give money to Harmonie London as she performs on Oxford Street today

A woman kneels on the pavement in worship during the singing by Harmonie London today

A woman kneels on the pavement in worship during the singing by Harmonie London today

People watch and film singer Harmonie London as she performs on Oxford Street today

People watch and film singer Harmonie London as she performs on Oxford Street today

Hadzhipetkova’s stance drew widespread condemnation – including from former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe who said “some people have a problem in this country with Christianity that they don’t seem to have with other faiths”.

Anti-crime campaigner Norman Brennan condemned the video as ‘not pretty’; Christian Concern’s Andrea Williams said it was ‘shocking’; and former Home Office Special Adviser Claire Pearsall urged the police to ‘go and deal with real crime’.

Harmonie, who has more than 300,000 subscribers on YouTube and regularly performs in the capital, said yesterday that the situation made her feel ‘humiliated’, ‘sad’ and ‘bullied’.

The singer said she had previously been visited by Jimmy Choo, Romeo Beckham and Rio Ferdinand – and approached by Jay-Z and Cardi B as well as Sony Music.

Yesterday the Met Police were forced to apologize to the singer, admitting they got it wrong after officers threatened to take away her instruments after a performance of Amazing Grace.

The force explained that the alleged offense was due to unlicensed busking rather than the content of the songs she sings.

But they added: ‘The officer was wrong to say that church hymns cannot be sung outside the church grounds.

“We are sorry for the offense caused and will take the learning forward.”

The Met Police previously said: ‘We are aware of the significant comments on social media in relation to this incident. The clip shows 30 seconds of a 43 minute conversation where the wider context is not immediately clear.’

MailOnline has contacted the Met Police for comment.