Police warn party crowds

In the light of the Dart’s Farm inaction wonder what Devon & Cornwall Police attitude is this week end?

Fariha Karim print edition The Times 2 April

Britons have been urged to behave over the Easter weekend after police broke up parties in the first week of the loosened lockdown.

Forces urged people to remain within coronavirus rules as families prepare to meet for the first time in months. Greater Manchester police issued a 48-hour dispersal order for the city centre after a party attended by hundreds of people at the Castlefield Bowl.

Merseyside police said that officers would patrol popular destinations across the region after receiving reports of large groups of youths travelling to Formby beach. In Sheffield a war memorial was vandalised on Tuesday when warm weather brought people out to Endcliffe Park. US flags were torn down from the memorial dedicated to ten American soldiers who died when a B-17 Flying Fortress crashed there on February 22, 1944.

The Metropolitan Police has written an open letter to people organising or participating in public gatherings, saying “we are still in the middle of a global pandemic”.

However, Easter weekend is set to be chillier than the past few days, the Met Office said, as a cold front moves down from the north.

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