Police broke up two major raves hours after they announced a new lockdown on Engand.
BristolLive Avon and Somerset Police were reportedly alerted to a group of up to 500 people in Yate, near Bristol, at around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday October 31st.
In Greater Manchester, police officers were stationed in 15 emergency vehicles in the woods of Wigan in the early hours of Sunday morning Manchester evening news.
Hundreds of revelers could be seen on Snapchat videos leaving the Astley Wooded Area on Warrington Road.
The footage, titled “Lockdown Rave,” also showed a long line of police vehicles – while people danced to loud music.
Gatherings of more than six people are prohibited under current Greater Manchester Tier 3 regulations. The English ban won’t go into effect until Thursday November 5th.
A total of seven police vehicles were damaged, with the tires of some vehicles being slashed. A machete was also found in some of the bushes on the site.
Two men were arrested; a 26-year-old on suspicion of not providing personal information for a fixed sentence; and a 36-year-old on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs.
Deputy Police Commissioner Rob Potts said, “This event was unacceptable and an obvious disregard not only of the restrictions on COVID-19 and the safety of others, but the safety of those present as we saw serious examples of the dangers of participating over the summer posed at such events.
Fortunately, in addition to the supportive resources of Cheshire, BTP, NPAS and Network Rail, our officials were able to quickly end the event and prevent another large number of attendees as well as ensuring a safe and orderly exit from the challenges posed by the surrounding terrain .
Avon and Somerset Police said last night, “The latest reports suggest there are 400 to 500 people at the Yate Rave site right now. Officers are staying at the scene and further assistance is on the way.
“Members of the public have been violent towards officials.
“Rave legislation has been implemented which means people should leave the area or be arrested.”
Andy Roebuck, chairman of the Avon and Somerset Police Federation, said: “Officials have bravely tried to prevent a major rave in South Gloucestershire.
“Officers had thrown bottles, bricks, and other items at them from young people determined to be in the rave. Arrests have been made. “
BristolLive has contacted the force for more information.