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Police disperse large crowds and break-up illegal raves on New Year’s Eve

Police were forced to deal with large crowds and illegal raves in London on New Year’s Eve.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and health experts had urged people not to gather amid a spike in coronavirus infections which has led to record infection rates and hospitalisations.

A total of 55,892 new infections were reported on Thursday, the highest yet, surpassing Tuesday’s 53,000 and the government also recorded 964 more deaths, taking the total number fatalities to 73,512.

But some people ignored the warnings, with images showing sizeable crowds in the capital, including those who took part in an anti-lockdown protest.

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Officers were heard telling a crowd of anti-lockdown demonstrators to “go home” on the South Bank after they had gathered despite the capital being under the strictest Tier 4 restrictions.

Police also dealt with two illegal parties in east London.

Officers raided a rave of up to 100 people in Barking and Dagenham and found 1,000 bottles of alcohol.

The Met tweeted: “Enquiries will be ongoing at venue re organiser & post incident. Working with partners & local residents & cctv to review.

“By attending an Unlicensed Event you put yourself, others & your families & friends at risk. That then has consequences for those in the frontline.” Read from source….