Police were forced to shut down part of north London as revellers ignored advice to stay home and instead flocked to outdoor parties.
Worrying video footage shows dozens of people dancing to music coming from what appears to be a DJ deck in Millfields Park over the weekend – in one of multiple ‘illegal’ raves.
As a result, Hackney Police put a dispersal order in place across the E5, E8 and N16 postcodes until 11am on Monday.
In a statement last night, the constabulary said: “A Section 35 Dispersal Order has been authorised for the entirety of Millfields Park E5 by Inspector Norman due to an unlicensed music event.
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“This dispersal is in place in order to prevent disorder.
“Due to a number of unlicensed music events in the areas of Hackney Downs park and Cecilia Road, a Sec 35 dispersal zone has been authorised by Insp Weeks from 21:20 05/07/20 til 11:00 06/07/20 within the E5, E8 and N16 postcodes.”
It comes as drunken brawls were caught on camera across England as pubs re-opened for the first time in three months.
While photos show how social distancing was continually flouted.
A shocking video shows the moment a large crowd of people were involved in the scuffle at The Broken Bridge in Pontefract, West Yorkshire.
While another shows a mass fight outside the Rockvilla Hotel in Rock Ferry, Wirral, with the owners warning those involved are not welcome back.
Police Federation National Chair John Apter said it was “crystal clear” that drunk people were unable to practice social distancing.
But Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday people in England had largely behaved themselves after the latest step towards a return to normality from the coronavirus lockdown.
Thousands of people flocked to pubs, restaurants and bars on Saturday as large parts of the hospitality sector reopened for the first time since March.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged people to “enjoy summer safely” as he bids to tread a narrow path of restoring consumer spending to help battered businesses recover, while avoiding a second wave of COVID-19 infections.
“From what I’ve seen, although there’s some pictures to the contrary, very very largely people have acted responsibly,” health minister Matt Hancock told Sky News.
“Overall, I’m pleased with what happened yesterday. It was really good to see people out and about, and largely socially distancing.”
Britain has been the European country worst hit by the coronavirus and has an official death toll of 44,198.
Johnson and Prince Charles each paid treatment to Britain’s National Health Service, 72 years after it was founded, for its sacrifices in tackling the pandemic.
Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, thanked the public for their support, as well as their restraint on Saturday night.
“Pleasingly, we did not see last night the kind of scenes people feared (there) might be” he told BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
“The foolish few, but the sensible majority, I think is the story across the country, and long may that continue.”