A group of outnumbered police officers fled a crowd of hundreds of revelers attending an illegal party celebrating Pakistan's Independence Day in secluded Manchester.
Party-goers gathered in Manchester's Curry Mile on Friday night, in violation of the city's tightened lockdown rules that limit outdoor gatherings to up to six people, with social distancing being enforced.
Police were finally able to evacuate crowds after the road was closed – but not before crowds of night owls surrounded a number of officers from all angles while they hurled abuse and sang "Pakistan".
The illegal gathering sparked outrage from the police and politicians alike.
Manchester Gorton MP Afzal Khan said he was "disappointed, frustrated and upset with the appalling behavior" and said revelers should be ashamed.
Greater Manchester Deputy Police Chief Ian Pilling criticized the street party as "incomprehensible" and said he had "never seen anything as outrageous as this behavior" in his 30 years of policing.
Detective Chief Inspector Carol Hobson said, "It is truly disappointing to see such behavior in the middle of a pandemic."
Manchester Gorton MP Afzal Khan said he was "disappointed, frustrated and upset with the appalling behavior" and said the night owls should be ashamed.
In the clip, several men were pushing a policewoman and yelling in her face before she was briefly separated from her colleagues.
The officers then closed their ranks and forced the crowd back when the officer held up her hands and called for silence.
A group of outnumbered police officers fled a mob (pictured) after failing to break up an illegal party celebrating Pakistani Independence Day in locked up Manchester
How weekly infection rates in Greater Manchester have changed over time. The numbers show how many new cases were diagnosed per 100,000 people per week as of Aug. 14
Manchester Gorton MP Afzal Khan also slammed the celebrations on Twitter
According to official data, Asian Brits are up to FIVE times more likely to get coronavirus than whites
By Stephen Matthews Health Editor for Mailonline and Connor Boyd Health Reporter for Mailonline
Asians are up to five times more likely to contract the coronavirus than whites, according to a government-run surveillance system.
A report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released today found that seven out of 1,510 Britons classified as Asian wiped Covid-19 positive – a rate of around 0.46 percent.
For comparison: for whites the rate was 0.12 percent. The ONS concluded that the risk was slightly higher than the percentage difference and that Asians were 4.8 times more likely to test positive.
No cases were diagnosed in any other ethnic group in England between June 8 and August 2, if data are related. But the corpse claimed black Britons were twice as likely to be diagnosed based on older numbers.
Antibody test results – which show whether someone has had the disease in the past – showed a similar ethnicity discrepancy: only 4.8 percent of whites tested positive for the substances. In comparison, the rate for Asians was 10.8 percent and for Black Britons 9.5 percent.
Numerous reports have found that blacks, Asians and ethnic minorities (BAME) in the UK are at a higher risk of death from contracting coronavirus than whites.
Experts can't say exactly why this is, but it is This could be because ethnic minorities are more likely to be poor, use public transport more often and work in publicly accessible professions. All of these three factors make them more prone to interacting with strangers and contracting the disease.
It comes after local health officials in much of closed parts of northern England revealed that South Asian communities were disproportionately infected.
Oldham, the current coronavirus hotspot in the UK, was forced to reverse lockdown restrictions last week after a huge surge in Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. Arooj Shah, vice chairman of Oldham Council, said these groups account for up to two-thirds of all new cases in the city of Manchester. 85 percent of the new Covid-19 infections in Blackburn with Darwen, who also had to withdraw into a tougher situation, were among people of South Asian heritage.
Epidemiologists previously told MailOnline that some communities that do not speak English as their first language were not following social distancing rules as strictly because they were not informed of public health news.
Professor Paul Hunter, epidemiologist at the University of East Anglia, and Gabriel Scally, professor of public health at the University of Bristol, said there had been a "communication breakdown" and "language barriers are certainly a problem".
The officers are surrounded on all sides by the crowd, some of whom are grinning in the chaos and who continue to jostle.
While the sound of air horns can be heard in the background, chants of "Pakistan" and "England" can be heard from the group.
As the calls continue, the police begin to withdraw. An officer grabs the policewoman by the arm and pulls her away.
The crowd mocked when the police chased them off the street.
The police eventually broke up the rally and no arrests were made.
In other developments on the UK coronavirus crisis today:
- The UK recorded another 1,089 coronavirus cases today, meaning the rolling average number of daily infections has decreased for the third day in a row.
- Leicester is being partially pulled out of its local coronavirus lockdown, with nail poles, outdoor pools and beauty salons allowed to reopen from tomorrow.
- Herd immunity to coronavirus could be closer than scientists first thought, and only 10 percent of people may need to get infected for the virus to leak, experts say;
- Almost three quarters of people infected with coronavirus have no symptoms the day they are tested for the disease.
- Asians are up to five times more likely to get coronavirus than whites. This is based on data from a government-run agency for national statistics.
Lockdown restrictions on social gatherings remain in Greater Manchester and some parts of northern England – although measures are being eased elsewhere in the country.
The additional rules were enforced on July 31st after a local surge in Covid-19 cases.
Greater Manchester police said they received 2,459 emergency calls on Friday, compared with 1,590 the same day last year.
Detective Chief Inspector Carol Hobson said, “It is really disappointing to see conduct of this kind as we as a community try to fight the coronavirus and protect one another.
“Friday night is one of the busiest areas in terms of demand for police services, and incidents like this drain invaluable resources from other people who may be in dire need of the police. These obvious violations slow us down. & # 39;
Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Pilling added, “I can honestly say that in 30 years of policing I've never seen anything as rude as this behavior.
"In all honesty, it's incomprehensible and I'm incredibly disappointed that people feel like they can congregate this way – obviously breaking the rules."
Manchester Gorton MP Afzal Khan also slammed the celebrations on Twitter.
He wrote: “Disappointed, frustrated and angry with the appalling behavior on Wilmslow Road last night.
“Anti-social behavior of this kind is deeply disrespectful not only to the residents of Rusholme. Ignoring the Covid-19 regulations puts us all at risk.
“For those who came from outside of Manchester and are well aware of the Covid situation in our region, your decision to visit Rusholme last night increases the risk of spreading the virus further here and in your home.
"You should be ashamed – you have put your loved ones at risk."
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "On the evening of August 14th, police visited Wilmslow Road areas in Rusholme after reports of traffic problems and social distancing concerns.
“The area was very crowded with pedestrians gathering in large groups and numerous vehicles driving unsafe up and down the main road.
& # 39; During police operations, local officials were forced to set up road closures to prevent access to vehicles along Wilmslow Road to ensure public safety.
The officials also engaged with members of the public and encouraged people to disperse.
Officials also looked at companies that were encouraged to consider closing them temporarily until the situation became more manageable.
& # 39; GMP worked closely with a local council to get in touch with the community. No arrests were made. & # 39;
The officers are surrounded on all sides by the crowd, some of whom are grinning in the chaos and who continue to jostle
Meanwhile, on Pakistan's Independence Day, a gathering of hundreds of people was held in east London – with footage showing crowds in the street
Meanwhile, on Pakistan's Independence Day, a gathering of hundreds of people was held in east London – with footage showing crowds in the street.
Kam Rai Town Councilor told the Evening Standard, "I've had enough of people who believe that social distancing and wearing face-coverings when they choose to do so doesn't apply to them."
"Let me be clear: the risk has not gone away and the disease is still fatal."
The street party came just the day before hundreds of revelers were caught partying in a pavilion during an illegal lockdown party in Manchester that saw rockets pelted at police officers.
Shocking footage from Snapchat shows the ravers disregarding social distancing measures as they attended the illegal rave in Gorton on August 15th.
Following the incident, Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a woman they believed to be the organizer of the party was fined £ 100.
Hundreds of revelers (left and right) were filmed dancing at an illegal lockdown party in Gorton, Manchester on August 15th
During the footage, hundreds of people with drinks in hand dance to loud music and defy social distancing measures.
The officers arrived at the scene after receiving numerous complaints from local residents on the street.
Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Pilling later told the Manchester Evening News that the footage was now being reviewed by police.
He added that while officials did not forcibly break up the rally because they were hit by rockets, they prevented others from joining the party and also issued a notice of closing down anti-social behavior.
Workers spray the place where police raided a 100-person wedding reception despite the Covid lockdown rules
By James Robinson and Kate Dennett for Mailonline
Workers today sprayed a venue that was raided by police after more than 100 people gathered to celebrate a wedding reception in violation of local regulations.
Officials canceled the event on Sunday at Waheed's buffet and banquet hall in Blackburn in violation of strict local lockdown rules prohibiting large gatherings.
Police chiefs later criticized the event as a "major violation" of restrictions that "endanger" people.
Today, Waheed's bosses posted a video of a worker getting ready for fabrics spraying chairs and tables at the venue – described on its own website as a gourmet Indian restaurant and wedding reception venue.
The venue is also facing possible action by the police and Darwen Borough Council supervisors to determine what action might be appropriate given the major breach.
Officials canceled the event on Sunday at Waheed's buffet and banquet hall in Blackburn in violation of strict local lockdown rules prohibiting large gatherings
Police chiefs later criticized the event as a "major violation" of restrictions that "endanger" people. Waheed posted a video of the venue being cleaned today on their Facebook page
Today the bosses at Waheed & # 39; s posted a video showing a worker fit for Hazmat spraying chairs and tables at the venue – described on their own website as a foodie Indian restaurant and wedding reception venue.
Lancashire Police Department Deputy Chief Terry Woods told BBC Radio Lancashire today: “The event was held in a building called Waheed's Buffet and Banquet Hall on Randall Street in Blackburn.
“We took part there and found between 100 and 120 people who admitted with the owners of this place that it was a wedding reception.
“As we've been saying all along, we're going to get it and we have done it. Most of these people were asked to leave.
& # 39; They were very compliant. In fact, however, the wedding reception was closed and only a small number of people remained.
"And today, more action is being considered with the local authority on these premises, what we can do to prevent this from happening."
DCC Woods, who said the incident "gutted" him, added, "We know it is difficult, but we will name and shame places that violate the regulations to this extent, and there will be ramifications for them Kind of places give. " . & # 39;
On Facebook, Blackburn and Darwen police said the incident was "disappointing" but added that the gathering had been broken up without further problems
In a Facebook post, Blackburn and Darwen police said officials busy with attendees at the wedding reception broke up the gathering without any further problems.
The post stated: "This is a clear violation of local and national restrictions that puts all participants at risk."
Police added that the incident was "disappointing" and urged the public to continue working with the authorities to "keep everyone safe".
Meanwhile, Councilor Phil Riley, Executive Member for Growth and Development, Darwen Borough Council, said, “We are aware of this incident at a wedding reception on Sunday evening and are working closely with the police on enforcement actions.
& # 39; This was a violation of the current restrictions that only 30 people can attend a wedding and we take it incredibly seriously.
“Most of the companies in our district adhere to regulations designed to keep people safe.
& # 39; It's incredibly disappointing when we have to crack down on companies that break the rules.
“We are currently unable to comment on any action that is being taken in certain cases, but the Council will not allow venues to endanger people's safety. It affects everyone in the city. & # 39;
It comes when a fixed sentence was issued to one too Organizer of a wedding with more than 50 guests and a marquee in Greater Manchester.
Both areas have local restrictions to prevent people from contacting other households after a surge in coronavirus cases.
Blackburn has local lockdown laws in place to contain a rapid surge in coronavirus cases and prevent people from visiting other households in their homes or private gardens.
Wedding receptions are currently banned in Blackburn under the new rules. Wedding ceremonies are only permitted with a maximum of 30 guests.
The Manchester wedding, held in Whalley Range, was one of 54 coronavirus violations reported between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Sunday in Greater Manchester, police said.
Ian Pilling, deputy chief of police, Greater Manchester, said: “After large gatherings on Friday and Saturday nights, we had to attend other events last night.
“We have been very open to the public about the pressure these calls are putting on already congested and limited resources, and I really need people who understand what this is about.
“Can you imagine a vulnerable family member not getting through to 999 in an emergency because our phone lines are connected to people reporting illegal parties? It's so serious & # 39;
An organizer of a wedding with more than 50 guests and a marquee in Greater Manchester received a solid penalty because the gathering violated strict local lockdown rules (file photo).
Local lockdown restrictions will remain in place in Greater Manchester for at least an additional week as there has been evidence of no decrease in the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents in the area.
The rules state that residents must not visit anyone else's house or garden, or come into contact with people with whom they do not live in other indoor spaces.
Wedding receptions and ceremonies are also not allowed to resume yet as exhibition and conference centers are also closed.
DCC Pilling added, “I think we were really fair to the public, dealt with them and explained and only enforced them as a last resort.
“These obvious violations go on, however, and we owe it to our communities to thoroughly investigate these types of reports and prosecute those involved. We will continue to enforce if the rules are openly disregarded.
“We understand that the vast majority of the people in Greater Manchester are doing the right thing, and it is incredibly disappointing that these people are continually disappointed by a small majority who selfishly disregard the guidance that is there to protect us. I want to thank those who do their part. & # 39;
MailOnline has requested a comment from Waheed's buffet and banquet room.
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