Manchester rave: ‘They think they are all immune and it’s all over’, says councillor as crowds party

A rave in Manchester was shut down by police on Wednesday night as crowds gathered to party just days after the coronavirus lockdown measures were relaxed. 

City councillor Pat Karney lamented the gathering, saying: “They think they are all immune and it’s all over.”

Although pictures and videos showed people being led away by police, The Telegraph understands there were no arrests made at the incident at Castlefield Bowl.

Coun Karney said: “They think they are immune and it’s all over. They may have older family members who know it’s not all over.

“We are going to see more of this in our parks and city centre spots. We need Greater Manchester Police to be on top of the social media that brings them together.

“Residents who are obeying Covid regulations will be disgusted at these raves and p— ups.”

The rave came hours after police chiefs warned ministers that the rule of six is virtually unenforceable because of the two household concession.

As councils began a clear-up of litter left by people who packed into parks and beaches during Tuesday’s heatwave, policing sources told The Telegraph that enforcing the rules had been made “very, very difficult” by the decision also to allow two households to meet outside.

Issuing a warning to those thinking of organising future events, Coun Karney added: “If you play live music at any of these gatherings your equipment will be seized.

“This is selfish and dangerous behaviour by people who are letting Manchester down. The pandemic is still with us.”

There were also similar scenes in cities across the UK, including in Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Cardiff and Leeds.

The Manchester Rave, in pictures

Objects were reportedly thrown at officers


Objects were reportedly thrown at officers


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There was a large speaker system set up for the rave


There was a large speaker system set up for the rave


Credit: ASP

Police seize alcohol in Nottingham after ‘appalling scenes’

Police have confiscated alcohol from people enjoying the warm weather in Nottingham after council chiefs closed two of the city’s parks due to “appalling scenes” of large crowds.

Council leader David Mellen said the city’s Arboretum and Lenton Recreation Ground were closed due to “the actions of a thoughtless minority”.

The Forest Recreation Ground, which remained open on Wednesday despite social distancing and litter concerns, saw a number of officers engage with locals who were sat drinking with friends.

Police seized drinks and disposed of what was left in bottles and cans as a result of the city council’s alcohol ban in parks.

The ban came after footage posted on social media captured a brawl, dozens of people drinking, ignoring social distancing rules and leaving behind large amounts of litter at the Arboretum on Monday.

Announcing the decision to close the two parks, Mr Mellen said: “We have taken steps to prevent a repeat of the appalling scenes we witnessed at the Arboretum on Monday evening.

“We regret having to take this action, since everyone has been looking forward to the chance to visit our parks, now that easing of restrictions means we can meet up to six other people outdoors. Sadly, the actions of a thoughtless minority has spoilt that.

“We will keep the situation under review and hope to reopen parks as soon as possible.”

He continued: “It is unacceptable and unsustainable for our already thinly stretched crews to have to be redeployed from work in communities across our city to clear up mess left behind at our parks.

“We have added extra bins – and we implore people to take their rubbish away with them if these become full and dispose of it responsibly.

“At our other parks, we have increased patrols of community protection officers who along with police officers will continue to rigorously enforce the ban on drinking in public spaces that’s in place across Nottingham.

“None of this would be necessary if people took their own personal responsibility seriously, especially at a time when we need to be much more cautious in the way we behave and follow the gradual lifting of restrictions, if we are to hope to put this pandemic behind us.”

Several other UK cities also saw “disgraceful” amounts of litter at parks and beauty spots.

There were also litter problems on Woodhouse Moor in Leeds, as 26-year-old PhD student Sophie Meredith told PA: “It’s really disgusting that people left their litter piled up by the bins and across the grass, and it’s an issue that happens every time there’s a hot day in Leeds.

“Today was the worst I’ve ever seen it, and it’s probably made worse by the fact that everyone’s been cooped up for a year, and there’s not enough bins in that park and they hadn’t been emptied for a few days prior.”

The scenes in Leeds

Police and paramedics at Hyde Park in Leeds


Police and paramedics at Hyde Park in Leeds


Credit: NB Press

A man is helped away from Hyde Park


A man is helped away from Hyde Park


Credit: NB Press

A police officer talks to a topless man


A police officer talks to a topless man


Credit: NB Press

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