Two illegal “quarantine raves” in Manchester has resulted in a 20-year-old man dying, one woman raped and three people seriously injured after being stabbed.
The raves, which attracted more that 6,000 people, took place in Great Manchester locations Daisy Nook Country Park and Carrington late on Saturday.
The Country Park event resulted in the 20-year-old man dying of what is a suspected drug overdose and three stabbing attacks. Meanwhile, the rave in Carrington resulted in an 18-year-old woman being raped.
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Sykes, said: “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.
“Police officers managed to safely enter the crowds, locate the man and administer life-saving first aid before paramedics arrived,” the Assistant Chief Constable added.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the actions of those officers provided essential treatment to the man now in hospital and I would like to thank them for their efforts.
“Two other men – aged 25 and 26 – were also left with injuries after these separate assaults. A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and enquiries remain ongoing to locate the suspects involved in these incidents. I would also ask anyone with footage that could assist our enquiries to upload them to scd.cctv.gmp.police.uk so that our team can review it.
“We are also investigating the rape of an 18-year-old woman who attended this event and we have specialist officers supporting her and her family whilst enquiries are ongoing to trace the suspect.”
The Assistant Chief Constable, who also explained that missiles were thrown toward police officers who attempted to stop the rave, added that the force experienced a major rise in emergency calls over the weekend.
The Assistant Chief Constable also confirmed that a 60% increase in demand through 999 calls from 5pm yesterday to 4am this morning. “The demand from 101 calls also increased with 526 calls received between 11pm last night through to 4am this morning,” he said.
“We usually expect approximately 271 of those 101 calls. This also doesn’t account for reports made via our website or LiveChat facility so clearly the demand on Greater Manchester Police this weekend has been significant and continues to be.”