Moment 300 ‘selfish morons’ flout ‘rule of six’ by throwing massive illegal party at Primrose Hill after lockdown restrictions were eased
- Revellers attended an illegal party on Primrose Hill in Camden on April 3
- No arrests made but officers continued to patrol the area over the Bank Holiday
- Comes as experts warned social distancing will need to remain for another year
This is the shocking moment crowds of around 300 revellers flout the ‘rule of six’ restrictions as they descend upon a park in London and stage an illegal rave.
Scores of maskless ravers defied social distancing measures as they attended the illegal party on Primrose Hill in Camden on April 3.
No arrests have been made but officers continued to patrol the area over the Bank Holiday weekend, the Metropolitan Police said.
The scenes came as lockdown restrictions across the country were eased and six people, or two full households, were allowed to meet outside, including in back gardens, for the first time in four months.
Crowds of revellers dance to music as they attend an illegal party on Primrose Hill in Camden on April 3
Party-goers, many of whom were without masks, sing to the music at the illegal party in London
Footage from the rave in London shows the maskless revellers lock arms and dance to music that is playing from a sound system.
The party-goers continue to embrace each other as they sing along to the music, despite the social distancing guidelines in place.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: ‘We were called by concerned residents to Primrose Hill, following reports of a large group of around 300 people described as engaged in anti-social behaviour and playing music from a sound system.
‘Officers attended and dispersed the group from the location. In order to do so there was temporarily a large police presence in the area.
‘No arrests were made and officers continued to patrol the location over the Bank Holiday weekend.’
Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli called the scenes ‘selfish’ and said the party-goers had abused officers who later tried to disperse the mob.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Words fail me but here goes. Disappointing doesn’t even come close. Selfish is a good word for much of the behaviour I have been told about/seen.
‘The attitude towards the police officers who attended was beyond unacceptable. I really cannot express how I feel about this.’
The latest scenes come as the Government’s scientific advisers warned yesterday that social distancing will need to remain in place for another year even if Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown goes to plan.
The crowds lock arms and dance to music that is playing from a sound system
Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli condemned the scenes and said the party-goers had abused officers who later tried to disperse the crowd
The officer later took to Twitter to call the behaviour of the revellers attending the party ‘selfish’
Senior SAGE sources said that while the vaccines prevent the vast majority of people from falling ill and dying from coronavirus, they ‘are not good enough’ to see all curbs lifted ‘without a big epidemic’.
Experts at Downing Street claimed that ‘baseline measures’, including some form of social distancing and masks, would need to remain in place until this time next year and said they were ‘reasonably confident’ that Covid would be manageable by then.
Scientists warned that bringing forward the planned relaxation of lockdown was ‘almost certain’ to result in a ‘significantly larger resurgence’ and could spark a fourth peak in the outbreak.
They also said the reopening of pubs, cinemas and indoor hospitality – due to happen on May 17 – could be delayed if vaccine uptake in the under-50s dips below 85 per cent.
During his Easter Monday press briefing, the Prime Minister said the country’s hard work was ‘paying off’ and confirmed that shops could open on April 12 as planned.
Addressing the nation last night, Mr Johnson said: ‘On Monday 12th, I will be going to the pub myself and cautiously but irreversibly raising a pint of beer to my lips.’
As he struggled to quell rising anxiety about when normal life might resume, he said: ‘We set out our roadmap and we are sticking with it… We see nothing in the present data that makes us think we will have to deviate from that roadmap.’
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