A man has died and a woman allegedly raped as thousands of music fans flocked to illegal “raves” in Manchester, England on Saturday night, the same weekend the cancelled Isle Of Wight and Download festivals were due to take place.
According to BBC News, revellers headed to Daisy Nook Country Park and Carrington in the Greater Manchester area, with police reporting the illegal gatherings have had tragic consequences.
A 20-year-old man died, a woman was raped, and three people were stabbed during two separate parties, which attracted an estimated 6,000 people in total.
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Sykes condemned the rowdy get-togethers as a clear breach of coronavirus legislation, adding officers “were met with violence, resulting in items being thrown and a police car being vandalized.”
Although there were no reported crimes at the Daisy Nook rave in Failsworth, Oldham, three separate stabbings occurred at the Carrington site – one of which left an 18-year-old man with life-threatening injuries.
Police were able to find the man and give him first aid before paramedics arrived.
Two other men, aged 25 and 26, were hurt in separate stabbings, and a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.
The unrest comes as public gatherings remain on hold worldwide, as the coronavirus lockdown continues. In addition to Isle of Wight and Download, similar events such as Glastonbury, All Points East, Wireless, and Mighty Hoopla have all been axed, as well as concerts, theatre performances, and movie screenings.