Police are investigating a rape, a suspected drugs death and three stabbings following two illegal raves in Greater Manchester.
The gatherings on Saturday night have prompted condemnation from police and politicians.
Greater Manchester Police said the events were “clearly a breach of coronavirus legislation and guidelines and have had tragic consequences”, the Manchester Evening News reported today.
One event began at Droylsden and spilled over into Daisy Nook country park, the other was at an industrial estate in Carrington.
In a statement, police said the illegal dance festivals were both in breach of coronavirus legislation.
Around 4,000 revellers attended the Droylsden/Daisy Nook event, and another 2,000 were at the Carrington event.
Police detailed the consequences of the unauthorised ‘quarantine rave’ events as follows:
- A 20-year-old man who attended the Droylsden rave died following a suspected drug overdose
- There were three separate stabbings at Carrington – one left a man aged 18 with ‘life-threatening injuries. In the others, two men 25 and 26 were hurt.
- An 18-year-old woman who attended the Carrington event was raped
- Officers attempting to engage with participants in Carrington were met with violence, resulting in items being thrown and a police car being vandalised
The family of the 20-year-old man who died of a suspected drugs overdose is being supported by specially trained officers.
A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.
An 18-year-old who was raped is being supported by specialist officers. An operation to trace the suspect has been launched.
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Sykes said officers attempting to engage with revellers were met with violence.
Tactical Aid Unit officers are examining the Carrington site for evidence.
In a statement, Assistant Chief Constable Chris Sykes, said: “We are aware of two large raves that took place in Carrington and Droylsden last night (Saturday 13 June 2020).
“These raves were illegal and I condemn them taking place – they were clearly a breach of coronavirus legislation and guidelines, and have had tragic consequences.”
Chief Constable Skyes is now working with other organisations to try to prevent further gatherings during the pandemic.
He added: “Coronavirus is still a threat and we will continue to engage with people to encourage them to take some personal responsibility and do the right thing.
“Ultimately we need the people of Greater Manchester to join together and demonstrate the spirit that they have previously shown in the face of hard times.”
Mr Sykes added that violence towards police at the Carrington rave was “absolutely not acceptable and will not be tolerated”.
“Our officers are working incredibly hard to keep people safe and should never be met with inexcusable violence whilst carrying out their duties,” he added.
Deputy Labour Leader and MP for Ashton-under-Lyne Angela Rayner tweeted: “Those who attended put themselves and their loved ones at risk. (Completely) irresponsible.
“A lot of effort went into online events this weekend across (Greater Manchester). Those who attended should be ashamed of themselves. My local area now has to deal with the aftermath.”