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Police Pelted With Missiles At Illegal Lockdown Party Attended By Hundreds

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Police Pelted With Missiles At Illegal Lockdown Party Attended By Hundreds

Police were pelted with objects after they attempted to break up an illegal lockdown party in Manchester.

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Officers were forced to call for backup after they arrived at the scene in Gorton and being met with violence from partygoers.

Cops decided against breaking up the party and instead stopped others from joining, the Manchester Evening News reports.

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Greater Manchester Police is now reviewing footage shared on Snapchat that shows hundreds of people piled into a gazebo.

Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling said: "I can't condemn this strongly enough.

"There is a role here for police enforcement but that is secondary to the role of the community in not having these gatherings.

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"The fact that people then have the bravado to then post videos of them on Snapchat is nothing short of appalling.

"We will be reviewing the footage."

He went on to say he backs his officers' decision not to attempt to break up the party after being pelted by missiles.

He added: "The decision was indicative of the level of violence police were met with on arrival."

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On Sunday, the day after the incident, police carried out door-to-door enquiries and a woman, who is thought to have been an 'organiser', has been given a £100 ($130) fixed penalty fine.

An anti-social behaviour closure notice has also been placed on the property meaning no one from outside the household is allowed to enter.

Superintendent Helen Caldbeck added: "This illegal house party was a blatant breach of legislation and meant that needed resources were pulled from the force.

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"Even worse was the fact on attendance, our officers were met with such hostility, with missiles thrown at them.

"We want to be clear that the issuing of an FPN, as well as imposing an anti-social behaviour closure notice, is just the first step in our action and we are working unreservedly to ensure that all possible lines of enquiry are followed up.

"We have officers reviewing CCTV and other evidence with a view to identifying others responsible.

"The people of Greater Manchester deserve better and quite frankly they're being let down by the selfish few who are shamelessly breaching the very guidance and legislation that is there to protect us.

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"If anyone has any information about this I'd urge you to get in touch to us via 101, or report it online."

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Topics: UK News, lockdown, crime

Claire Reid
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