Reports are emerging that the metropolitan police again had to shut down raves across London on Saturday and Sunday evening as people, freshly freed from lockdown, were ignoring those restrictions still in place.
These scenes were seen in large areas of northeast London for example and these areas were hit with ‘dispersal orders’ by police as they battled to shut down the group of illegal music events. Footage has emerged from Millfields Park in Hackney which appears to show a large group gathered for a late-night rave on Sunday. A second clip appears to show police officers stood watching the going on inside Hackney Downs Park where a separate party was attended by hundreds of revellers.
In a statement released last night, Hackney Police have said: “A Section 35 Dispersal Order has been authorised for the entirety of Millfields Park E5 by Inspector Norman due to an unlicensed music event. This dispersal is in place in order to prevent disorder. Due to a number of unlicensed music events in the areas of Hackney Downs park and Cecilia Road, a Sec 35 dispersal zone has been authorised by Insp Weeks from 21:20 05/07/20 till 11:00 06/07/20 within the E5, E8 and N16 postcodes”.
Despite some of the unruly scenes reported by the MSM over the weekend the Health Secretary Matt Hancock was full of praise for how the vast majority had behaved. Mr Hancock told Sky News: “Very very largely people have acted responsibly, and this balanced message is so important. People should enjoy summer safely and of course the emphasis is both on enjoy and safely. Of course, everybody knows that we are doing everything we can to get back to normal but only to do that when it’s safe to do so. Overall, I’m pleased with what happened. It was really good to see people out and about and largely, very largely, social distancing”.
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