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Rape, stabbing and overdoses: United Kingdom raves condemned for violating coronavirus restrictions

Rape, stabbing and overdoses: United Kingdom raves condemned for violating coronavirus restrictions”

Last Saturday (June 13), two large raves took place in Carrington and Oldham in Manchester, with the Oldham rave attracting up to 4,000 people and the Carrington rave attracting 2,000 people at the peak of the event.

Along with the risk of coronavirus transmission, BBC reports that the Carrington rave was marred by violence and the death of an attendee, a 20-year-old man, from a suspected drug overdose.

A young woman armed with a huge knife charges towards them waving the weapon in the air in front of horrified witnesses. One 18-year-old man was left with life-threatening injuries, and there were a number of other injuries reported from separate violent incidents. "These raves were illegal and I condemn them taking place - they were clearly a breach of coronavirus legislation and guidelines, and have had tragic consequences", said assistant chief constable Chris Sykes.

Officers said they are also investigating the rape of an 18-year-old woman who attended the Carrington event.

A large sign reading "Quarantine Rave" can be seen in background of one video.

He said items had been thrown at officers and a police auto had been vandalised.

Anyone with footage that could help with inquiries has been asked to contact police.

Mr Lord tweeted: "I've seen some of the footage".

James Morsh, a club promoter from Nottingham who last month organised a socially distance rave in a forest, said: "You know the summer of 89?"

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The MP for Ashton-Under-Lyne, Angela Rayner, said she had joined Oldham Street Angels at the Daisy Nook site during the rave.

This weekend, police broke up a party of 1,000 people in Whittington, while in Leeds, police shut down an illegal rave held in an M1 underpass, dispersing up to 600 people.

Empty bottles, plastic bags, gas canisters and abandoned gazebos cluttered the beauty spot.

"We are keen to come up with solutions that meet the needs of the community".

Members of the community were reportedly picking up trash on Sunday morning.

ACC Sykes responded to suggestions police had been slow to act or allowed the events to go ahead in a lengthy statement on the force's website.

He said the emergency services experienced a "surge in emergency calls", with more than a 60% increase in demand via 999 calls from 5pm on Saturday night to 4am this morning.

In response to the incidents, police reminded the public that the threat of the coronavirus is still present.



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