Police break up rave and seize beer from revellers after park booze ban

A city centre rave was busted by police tackling a third booze-fuelled night of massive public gatherings.

Since lockdown rules were relaxed on Monday, young Brits have flooded parks and beaches at the same time the UK basks in a mini-heatwave.

A live DJ set kitted out with speakers was thrown for hundreds of revellers at Castlefield Bowl, Manchester on Wednesday night in a brazen breach of the rule of six.

Labour councillor for Deansgate, Joan Davies, told Manchester Evening News: "We've been sent videos of the DJ set. How much equipment is there I don't know. The numbers were escalating.

"We want everybody to enjoy themselves but this is beyond a level which is tolerable.

"I think the police have a very, very difficult task, they've got to find that balance."

Warnings from Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, that alcohol would be confiscated from parks in Nottingham, looked to have been ignored.

Police were pictured seizing bottles of booze from sun-seekers, gathered at the Forest Recreation Ground on Wednesday evening.

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PCC Tipping said: "Police think that if they can get on top of control over alcohol confiscation, and make the people holding it pour it away, then it will lead to better behaviour."

Nottingham's Arboretum was reopened on Thursday morning for the first time since huge numbers of students used it as a wild party destination on Monday night.

The celebrations which included chanting, climbing trees and spraying bottles of alcohol in the air, left behind a shocking amount of litter to be picked up in the morning.

Nature was seen calling for some who after hours of drinking at the park found bushes, cans, bottles and boxes to urinate in.

Following the chaotic scenes on Monday night, Nottingham City Council said both the Arboretum and Lentos Recreation Ground would be closed, The Sun reports.

The council said in a statement: "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."

Police were called to patrol similar crowds this week in London, Brighton, Leeds, Sheffield and Birmingham.

A spike in coronavirus cases is expected by experts on the back of the nationwide mass gatherings for the hottest March day in decades.

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