Hundreds of revellers were caught partying at an illegal lockdown rave in Greater Manchester – despite the area being under strict coronavirus rules.
Police officers were pelted with missiles as they tried to break-up the party, which took place until the early hours under a gazebo in Gorton on Saturday.
Footage of the party shared on Snapchat, shows revellers flouting social distancing rules and dancing to loud music under flashing lights.
A young woman, who was one of the party organisers, has been hit with a £100 fine over the unlawful event.
Police went down to inspect the party after receiving numerous complaints, but were met with missiles as they tried to shut down the event, which they called a ‘selfish’ and ‘blatant breach of covid legislation’.
Greater Manchester is one of several areas in north England that has had stricter coronavirus rules imposed following a spike in cases.
It is prohibited for people from two separate households to meet at home or in gardens, meaning only those in one household are allowed to go to pubs.
The owner of the property has also been given an anti-social behaviour closure notice for allowing the party to go ahead. It prohibits anyone from outside the household entering.
A massive white gazebo – which can be seen from the street – was still standing in the garden on Sunday afternoon.
The party came after police put out an urgent plea to the public over the weekend after an ‘unprecedented surge’ in 999 calls.
Superintendent Helen Caldbeck said: ‘Our message was firm and clear – there is a real worry that people who need us desperately, won’t be able to get through to us via 999 because we’re so busy.
‘This illegal house party was a blatant breach of legislation and meant that needed resources were pulled from the force. Even worse was the fact on attendance, our officers were met with such hostility, with missiles were thrown at them’.
She added: ‘The people of Greater Manchester deserve better and quite frankly they’re being let down by the selfish few who are shamelessly breaching the very guidance and legislation that is there to protect us.’
Police said they’re working to identify others involved in organising the party and urged anyone with information to get in touch via 101.
It was the second big gathering Greater Manchester Police had to deal with this weekend, after large crowds congregated in Rusholme on Friday night, forcing them to shut down Wilmslow Road.
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