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Brawls, raves and huge crowds: Drama in Yorkshire as lockdown eases

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It has now been almost a month since the first stage of coronavirus lockdown easing began in England.

For most people it has been filled with seeing friends and family for the first time in months or venturing back to your favourite pub or restaurant.

But since the first stage of easing in March it hasn’t all been positive in Yorkshire.

From police handing out £50k fines for an illegal rave in Keighley to thousands of people packing onto Woodhouse Moor in Leeds there have been chaotic scenes seen across the county.

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Not to mention thousands of people joining in anti-lockdown protests in Bradford and taking over the streets in Kill the Bill protests in Sheffield and Leeds.

Here is a snapshot of some of the crazy things that have happened in Yorkshire since the first stage of lockdown easing in March.

Illegal rave in Keighley

Becks Road, Keighley
Becks Road, Keighley
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Police handed out a total of £50,000 in fines after shutting down a rave in Keighley.

Around 50 people were dispersed from premises on Becks Road on Saturday, April 10, following reports of an unlicensed music event in the area.

The man responsible for organising the rave was slapped with a £10,000 fine for breaching coronavirus restrictions.

All those attending the event were fined £800 each, meaning West Yorkshire Police dished out a whopping total of £50,000 in fines.

Huge crowds in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield

Thousands of people congregated in Endcliffe Park on the evening of March 30
Thousands of people congregated in Endcliffe Park on the evening of March 30
(Image: imjustsheff (Instagram))

Thousands of people flocked to Endcliffe Park on March 30 as the sun made an appearance on the second day of lockdown easing.

But the beautiful park was left looking like a rubbish tip as barbecues, carrier bags and drinks were left strewn across the length of the open space.

Thousands of people had met to gather on the grassy spot next to Ecclesall Road, with people having BBQs, playing football and listening to music.

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York riverside pub brawl

The 45-minute clip of a fight ensuing outside the pubs on the River Ouse has been shared across Facebook
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A mass brawl erupted at a York pub on the riverside on the first day that pubs reopened to the public.

Ambulances were seen in attendance at King’s Staith by the River Ouse on Monday, April 12.

A video showed a group of people scrapping on the ground and punching a man who was lying down.

One man is then seen giving the man lying down a kick to the head.

There was an audible gasp from the watching crowd and members of the public then appear to come in to try and break up the melee.

Anti lockdown protest in Bradford

Protesters and police officers clashed during an anti-lockdown rally in Bradford
Protesters and police officers clashed during an anti-lockdown rally in Bradford

Four men were charged and several people arrested when anti-lockdown protesters clashed with police in Bradford.

Hundreds of people attended the ‘North Unites Rally’ on March 27 in Centenary Square, with crowds heard chanting “freedom” and “no more masks”.

But the day turned ugly when protesters tried to break through a police blockade and some were pinned to the floor by officers and arrested.

Thousands at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds

Hundreds of people at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds on Tuesday March 30

Thousands of people flocked to the park in Leeds on March 30.

Jaw-dropping pictures showed a sea of people packed into the park on the hottest day of the year.

People could be seen drinking, meeting with friends and having barbeques.

Later that day armed police were also called to the park after reports of men seen with machetes.

Firearms officers were deployed to the park and searched the area, with support from a National Police Air Service helicopter, but no one was found to be injured.

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Kill the Bill Protests in Sheffield and Leeds

Kill The Bill protesters in Sheffield

Huge crowds were also seen in Leeds and Sheffield for Kill the Bill protests in April.

Thousands of people joined the protests in the Yorkshire cities in separate events with many not socially distanced.

Crowds gathered to protest the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

Major roads in both cities were also blocked as part of the protests.

Endcliffe Park rave, Sheffield

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Only a day after hundreds had flocked to Sheffield ‘s Endcliffe Park and left seven tonnes of rubbish on the spot, a video emerged showing people gathered for a huge rave in the dark.

The footage posted on Snapchat on March 31 night showed a large group of people dancing and singing in close proximity to each other while chanting to music and throwing drinks over each other.

It comes after a chaotic March 30 when the park was full of people enjoying the year’s warmest day with barbecuing, drinking and socialising.

As a result, there were numerous brawls, the Second World War memorial got vandalised, and a teenager was raped.

Woodhouse Moor, Leeds, trashed again as thousands flock for 4/20 day

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Woodhouse Moor was left in a state AGAIN after crowds flocked to the park on 4/20 day.

Drone footage from April 20 showed people packed onto a hazy Woodhouse Moor on 4/20 day – April 20 – held annually to celebrate and smoke weed.

The video above shows how busy the Hyde Park hangout was on Tuesday, with smoke seen drifting above the crowded park.

April 20, or 4/20 in US form, has become an international day for the celebration of cannabis and counterculture, taken from the slang 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty), which refers to smoking cannabis, especially around 4.20pm.

Written by: Rother Radio News


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