Police officers are investigating the death of a 20-year-old, an alleged rape and several stabbings following two illegal raves attended by thousands in Greater Manchester on Saturday night.
A total of 4,000 people attended a rave in Daisy Nook Country Park, in Oldham, after which a young man died of a suspected drug overdose, confirmed Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
Nearby, at a 2,000-strong rave in Carrington, there were reports of three separate stabbings including one which left an 18-year-old man with life-threatening injuries. Two other men, aged 25 and 26, were also injured.
Both raves breached coronavirus restrictions, said police, while officers who attended the Carrington rave were ‘met with violence, resulting in items being thrown and a police car being vandalised’.
Police investigating large weekend quarantine raves
Police reported a ‘surge’ in emergency calls over the weekend, with a 60 per cent increase in 999 calls between 5pm on Saturday to 4am this morning, with more than 1,500 received.
Snapchat footage shows a huge crowd of people dancing to music during the rave at Daisy Nook.
Shocking pictures taken on Sunday show the aftermath of the illegal gatherings, showing the grass strewn with glass bottles, empty beer crates nitrous oxide canisters and plastic bags.
A sign reading ‘Quarantine Rave’ was found in Daisy Nook Country Park, as residents were on the scene from 5am clearing up the mess left behind.
Photos taken in Carrington last night captured the moment hundreds of party-goers walked past police, appearing to be on their way to one of the raves.
A large number of police vehicles were seen in Flixton at around 9.30pm last night, while witnesses said there were about 50 emergency vehicles at the scene.
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Sykes, said: ‘We are aware of two large raves that took place in Carrington and Droylsden last night (Saturday 13 June 2020). 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’.
He added: ‘We have experienced a surge in emergency calls this weekend with more than a 60% increase in demand via 999 calls from 5pm yesterday to 4am this morning. We expect to receive around 1,011 emergency 999 calls between those hours usually but received 1,516 this weekend
‘The demand from 101 calls also increased with 526 calls received between 11pm last night through to 4am this morning. We usually expect approximately 271 of those 101 calls. This also doesn’t account for reports made via our website or LiveChat facility so clearly the demand on Greater Manchester Police this weekend has been significant and continues to be’.
Mr Sykes continued: ‘Sadly, officers attempting to engage with participants of this gathering were met with violence, resulting in items being thrown and a police car being vandalised.
‘I want to make it clear that this is absolutely not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
‘Our officers are working incredibly hard to keep people safe and should never be met with inexcusable violence whilst carrying out their duties.’
Mr Sykes also thanked all those who showed up to clean the areas on Sunday morning, adding that police are working with local authorities to implement further preventative measures during the pandemic.
He added: ‘Our top priority will always be the safety of the public, who we are here to serve and protect. We hope the public can recognise the challenges we are facing at the moment and our communities join together in doing the right thing by following the government guidelines.’