STREET PARTY IN LEEDS HYDE PARK AREA WITH ENGLAND'S SECOND-HIGHEST COVID 19 RATES
BBC News on Monday 28 June 2021 reported on a huge crowds at a street party in Leeds Hyde Park where tenancies are ending this week as the academic year ends. The Yorkshire Evening Post also reported on the same incident.
Leeds Hyde Park rave 'blatant' Covid rule breach
A huge street party in an area with England's second-highest coronavirus infection rate was a "blatant breach" of restrictions, police have said.
Hundreds are thought to have attended the mass gathering in Hyde Park, Leeds, on Saturday night.
Footage believed to have been recorded at the event shows huge crowds singing and dancing.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the party continued until 06:00 BST on Sunday.
Official figures show 120 positive cases were reported in the suburb, home to a large student population, in the seven days to 23 June.
Tenancies on many properties are due to end this week as the academic year draws to a close.
West Yorkshire Police said it received calls in the early hours of Sunday about the party but officers "were unable to attend as they were responding to more urgent calls for service".
However, the party was being "continually monitored and risk-assessed," they said, and officers were attempting to identify the organisers.
Hyde Park rave: The shocking moment hundreds partied in Leeds area with country's highest Covid rate
This shocking video shows hundreds of people partying in a Leeds street in the UK's worst-hit Covid area.
Neighbours living in Hyde Park were kept awake on Saturday night (June 26) by a huge street rave attended by a bumper crowd of revellers - many believed to be university students.
The public rave was held as the academic year ends for universities and students prepare to return to their home towns and cities across the UK.
And local residents also expressed fury at the potential super-spreader event as Hyde Park recorded the single highest Covid-19 rate in the entire country last week.
The hotspot still has one of the worst infection rates in the UK, currently at 1,440.9 cases per 100,000 people.
Witnesses claim the party was held from 5pm on Saturday night and carried through until 6am on Sunday morning with around 300 people believed to have flocked there.
One neighbour said: "The party took place on a backstreet and started in a house's backyard.
"There was DJ equipment and speakers set up around 10pm and the music started playing quite loud but not too bad.
"There were about 50 people when I first noticed the noise but as the night progressed, the number of people arriving increased exponentially.
"This caused people to spill out of the initial area and cover the whole road and the surrounding backyard.
"There were people standing on walls and bins as well as climbing trees and chanting.
"From what I could tell, attendees weren't there by invite - they just heard and followed the music.
"If I was to estimate, there were at least 300 people there at the peak of the night at around 3am."