A pair of illegal weekend raves around Manchester, UK drew roughly 6,000 people and resulted in three stabbings, a rape and one death.
Footage that surfaced on social media showed attendees dancing around a sign saying “Quarantine Rave” at an illegal event on Saturday, June 13 in Failsworth, located on the outskirts of Manchester. This event drew roughly 4,000 people and saw the death of a 20-year-old man from a suspected drug overdose.
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The second event in the suburb of Carrington drew roughly 2,000 people. The greater Manchester Police Force is investigating the rape of an 18-year-old woman, along with three stabbings, with one of the stabbing victims left with life threatening injuries. According to a police report, “police officers managed to safely enter the crowds, locate the man and administer life-saving first aid before paramedics arrived.”
Police at this event also reported that attendees threw trash at them and vandalized a police car when they attempted to engage with participants.
“Those who attended put themselves & their loved ones at risk,” tweeted British Parliament Member Angela Rayner. “Completely irresponsible. A lot of effort went into online events this weekend across GM to stop this sort of stupidity. Those who attended should be ashamed of themselves. My local area now has to deal with the aftermath.”
Indeed, volunteers were at both sites early on Sunday, June 14 to pick up the aftermath of the events, with the grounds littered with bottles, plastic bags, empty nitrous canisters and other trash. Attendees are also being criticized for gathering en masse while social distancing guidelines are still being mandated throughout the UK.
“These raves were illegal and I condemn them taking place,” Chris Sykes, the Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester is quoted in a statement. “they were clearly a breach of coronavirus legislation and guidelines, and have had tragic consequences.”