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Revelers play cricket in the street and Piccadilly Circus turns into a rave when the drinkers are kicked out


A crowd of revelers returned to the streets last night celebrating after being kicked out of bars at the 10pm curfew in London and elsewhere in the country.

Shocking footage shows hundreds of bar-goers dancing to a loud sound system in the capital's Piccadilly Circus days before millions in the north were able to take stricter coronavirus measures, including pub closings.

In south London, separate footage showed large groups gathering for a game of cricket in the street after the bars closed.

In Piccadilly Circus, people with few face masks were in sight when music boomed from a loudspeaker.

Revelers were also seen in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle before new restrictions were introduced for much of the north on Monday.

In the video in London posted on social media just after midnight, large groups of men and women dance in a tight crowd in front of the iconic screens of the landmark.

Elsewhere on the street, a circle forms around a man in a coronavirus mask as people film each other dancing and laughing.

Footage jumps to a clip of an ambulance arriving at the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain after the music is turned off.

But the huge crowds stay outside on the street cheering and cheering as the music comes back on.

Hundreds of bar-goers dance to a loud sound system in Piccadilly Circus, London, days before millions in the north were able to take stricter coronavirus measures, including pub closings

Hundreds of people were packing up with just a few face masks when music boomed from a speaker

Hundreds of people were packing up with just a few face masks when music boomed from a speaker

In separate footage released around 11:00 p.m., crowds form around a group of men playing cricket on Peckham Street after the pubs close.

The revelers pull each other out of their way to make room for a bowler to throw and a batsman hits the ball to the delight of people in the street.

People drinking from cans cheer and laugh as they turn to watch the ball fly.

A makeshift skater suggests that the ball is being thrown towards him, but is jumped in by another night owl while several fight for him.

Another ball is thrown while the spectators continue drinking and enjoying the night after hours.

In separate footage released around 11:00 p.m., crowds form around a group of men playing cricket on Peckham Street after the pubs close

In separate footage released around 11:00 p.m., crowds form around a group of men playing cricket on Peckham Street after the pubs close

Hundreds of people were gathered in Piccadilly Circus after the inn curfew

Hundreds of people were gathered in Piccadilly Circus after the inn curfew

After 10 p.m., people flocked to the streets and many seemed unwilling to go home

After 10 p.m., people flocked to the streets, and many seemed unwilling to go home

Police were in effect in the capital speaking to night owls as they tried to enforce social distancing guidelines

Police were in effect in the capital speaking to night owls as they tried to enforce social distancing guidelines

Revelers struggle on the streets of Newcastle on Saturday night as rumors spread that bars might close in the next few days

Revelers struggle on the streets of Newcastle on Saturday night as rumors spread that bars might close in the next few days

A security guard wearing a coronavirus face mask tries to end a fight between night owls in Newcastle

A security guard wearing a coronavirus face mask tries to end a fight between night owls in Newcastle

A night owl knocks a man to the ground on a street in Newcastle after the pubs closed at 10pm on Saturday night

A night owl knocks a man to the ground on a street in Newcastle after the pubs closed at 10pm on Saturday night

Revelers were also in effect in the northern cities of England before new restrictions were imposed on Monday

Revelers were also in effect in the northern cities of England before new restrictions were imposed on Monday

Young people violated the city's social distancing rules as they enjoyed themselves on the street before the new restrictions went into effect on Monday, which could result in eateries closing

Young people violated the city's social distancing rules as they enjoyed themselves on the street before the new restrictions went into effect on Monday, which could result in eateries closing

In Liverpool, this couple enjoyed a romantic moment after stopping on the street. Others watched

In Liverpool, this couple enjoyed a romantic moment after stopping on the street. Others watched

Liverpool's youngsters also kept drinks in the air as they enjoyed the final rounds of booze before the venues may have to close

Liverpool's youngsters also kept drinks in the air as they enjoyed the final rounds of booze before the venues may have to close

This group of friends ignored the social distancing guidelines as they enjoyed a fun group photo on Saturday night

This group of friends ignored the social distancing guidelines as they enjoyed a fun group photo on Saturday night

Before the Liverpool venues closed, police waited for the revelers to take to the streets

Before the Liverpool venues closed, police waited for the revelers to take to the streets

Glasgow on a Saturday night when pubs and restaurants had to close due to a full coronavirus lockdown in Scotland

Glasgow on a Saturday night when pubs and restaurants had to close due to a full coronavirus lockdown in Scotland

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon imposed the two-week alcohol ban in pubs and restaurants across the country and closed bars entirely in coronavirus hotspot areas

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon imposed the two-week alcohol ban in pubs and restaurants across the country and closed bars entirely in coronavirus hotspot areas

Meanwhile, the streets in Glasgow remained empty after Scotland introduced a 16-day alcohol ban on Friday night.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon imposed the two-week alcohol ban in pubs and restaurants across the country and closed bars entirely in coronavirus hotspot areas.

The footage in London comes after Boris Johnson's plans to introduce tough new lockdown measures in England emerged on Saturday.

Talks between No. 10 and the local leaders continued until late in the evening.

In Newcastle, some night owls had dressed up for their evening. This group of young men could be seen in their costume as they posed for photos

In Newcastle, some night owls had dressed up for their evening. This group of young men could be seen in their costume as they posed for photos

People socializing in Newcastle city center are returning home after the 10pm curfew to tackle the surge in coronavirus cases

People socializing in Newcastle city center are returning home after the 10pm curfew to tackle the surge in coronavirus cases

After the curfew, night owls flocked to the streets of Newcastle and were seen banding together in large groups while police officers watched

After the curfew, night owls flocked to the streets of Newcastle and were seen banding together in large groups while police officers watched

These young Newcastle women took the opportunity to pose for a fun group photo while enjoying one of their final evenings outside pubs, bars and clubs near town

These young women from Newcastle took the opportunity to pose for a fun group photo while enjoying one of their final evenings outside pubs, bars and clubs near town

Millions of people in the Midlands and the North face travel bans and pub closures. It is the responsibility of the local communities to enforce the Test and Trace program.

People could be fined for traveling between high and low risk areas or for violating self-isolation instructions.

The use of the "Covid Vigilantes" is an effective admission by Downing Street that the national program has failed.

The complications could also lead to a staggered implementation of various measures, possibly on a postcode basis.

But dozens of people, many of them young, were seen enjoying themselves on the street after being ripped from bars after the 10 p.m. curfew.

In Liverpool, revelers ripped from bars were seen taking store-bought alcohol home with them to continue their night

In Liverpool, revelers ripped from bars were seen taking store-bought alcohol home with them to continue their night

Mounted police were among the officers who took to the streets in Liverpool to enforce coronavirus rules

Mounted police were among the officers who took to the streets in Liverpool to enforce coronavirus rules

In Liverpool, police were seen grouped together waiting for people to close bars and pubs. Young people posed for group photos while holding bottles of alcohol in the air.

There were similar scenes in Newcastle in which two young men enjoyed a game fight.

Students and young people from Leeds and Manchester were also on the streets in their respective cities.

As an incentive for local leaders in the areas to work with the proposed new measures, the Treasury Department will provide financial incentives known as "raid cash".

Mr Johnson will be speaking to MPs tomorrow to set out the details of a new three-tier local lockdown system.

In Newcastle, a night owl with an unlit cigarette in his mouth was seen standing in the street with smiling friends

In Newcastle, a night owl with an unlit cigarette in his mouth was seen standing in the street with smiling friends

The Prime Minister's advisor Sir Eddie Lister held talks with local leaders in the affected areas on Saturday. According to one source, the negotiations focused on the severity of the measures.

It has been suggested that in Merseyside, one of the worst hit places – with 600 cases per 100,000 – all pubs and bars would be closed under Tier 3 measures, but restaurants would be allowed to stay open.

This created a tense exchange about the definition of a restaurant as opposed to a pub where food is served.

Heads of state and government are being encouraged by No. 10 to work with the plans, which could go into effect as early as Wednesday.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has also urged the Prime Minister to show "restraint" about the new lockdown.

In the UK, 15,166 new positive cases were registered on Saturday, up from 13,864 on Friday.

The number of deaths rose 81 to 42,760.

Last Sunday the daily number hit a high of 22,961 after a bug in the way the tests were calculated added nearly 16,000 disregarded positive tests to that day's total.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham warned that many will face "grave difficulties" as part of the government's financial support package to businesses forced to close.

Friends drank in Soho, London after a series of new restrictions were put in place in England to combat the surge in coronavirus cases

Friends drank in Soho, London after a series of new restrictions were put in place in England to combat the surge in coronavirus cases

Police were on patrol as the revelers spent a night in central Liverpool before new measures were put in place in the northwest next week

Police were on patrol as the revelers spent a night in central Liverpool before new measures were put in place in the northwest next week

It has been proposed that in Merseyside (above, in Liverpool city center) all pubs and bars be closed as part of Tier 3 measures, but that restaurants may remain open

Police were on patrol as the revelers spent a night in central Liverpool before new measures were put in place in the northwest next week

Police were on patrol as the revelers spent a night in central Liverpool before new measures were put in place in the northwest next week

During a press conference with other northern leaders, Mr Burnham said the measures Mr Sunak presented on Friday were "inadequate" and had been told by No. 10 that the proposed aid was "non-negotiable".

Mr Burnham and Liverpool Mayor Steve Rotheram, along with Mayors from Sheffield and North of Tyne, have written to MPs in the north of England asking them to request a separate vote on – and to decline – the Chancellor's latest package.

A "union" of the Conservative MPs of the North was set up to put pressure on the government to fulfill its promises to "upgrade" the region.

Twenty-seven Tory MPs have joined the Northern Research Group, led by former Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry.

Mr Burnham has written to MPs in the north of England asking them to request a separate vote on the Chancellor's latest package - and to reject it

Mr Burnham has written to MPs in the north of England asking them to request a separate vote on the Chancellor's latest package – and to reject it

People socializing in Liverpool city center ahead of the 10 p.m. curfew that pubs and restaurants are exposed to to combat the surge in coronavirus cases

People socializing in Liverpool city center ahead of the 10 p.m. curfew that pubs and restaurants are exposed to to combat the surge in coronavirus cases

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