Officers have released a shocking video of medics treating a stabbing victim to warn against people attending illegal raves this weekend.
The man in the video, who is 18, had been at one of two ‘quarantine raves’ which took place in Greater Manchester last weekend. In the footage he can be seen begging officers to save his life after he was knifed in his front.
Officers also revealed that they struggled to get to the victim quickly due to the number of people at the rave and ‘the non-existent planning around crowd management and safety’.
The victim was one of three people stabbed during the events, while one man died of a suspected overdose and a woman was raped. Greater Manchester Police are now urgently warning people not to attend illegal raves planned again for this weekend.
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Assistant Chief Constable Nick Bailey said: ‘Those attending an illegal rave face the prospect of arrest and prosecution. They are utterly unacceptable and we will do all we can to prevent them from happening.
‘We’re aware that there are possible further illegal raves being organised in the Greater Manchester area this weekend. There will be a dedicated policing operation in place, with a much higher police presence in potential hot spot areas.
‘GMP is also liaising with neighbouring forces across the North West and working alongside key partners to broaden our intelligence picture in order to identify and determine where events may take place.’
Chief Constable Bailey added that GMP’s ‘joint intelligence group of officers and local authorities’ relies on communities, parents and people worried about their friends to share information about the raves.
He continued: ‘Please, please if you know about these events then make sure you are telling the authorities, make sure you are telling Greater Manchester Police, so we have the best opportunity to prevent them from occurring.
‘One of our serious concerns is the safeguarding of all those people who attend these events. What we saw last week was police officers having to cross really unsafe terrain to get to an injured young man who had been stabbed and they had to provide first aid in that environment because the ambulance crews were unable to directly get there.
‘The safeguards at organised events just will not exist at these events. If something does happen, we cannot guarantee your safety, we cannot guarantee getting into that event, we cannot guarantee getting to you promptly, we cannot guarantee getting the right medical services to you.’
CC Bailey admitted there could be occasions in which senior officers decide it is too dangerous to close down a rave due to its scale and other factors, such as terrain and darkness. However, he vowed action would be taken to gather enough evidence to secure convictions.
He said: ‘I guarantee that where we can we will seize equipment from those people who organise this, where we can we will seize vehicles from those people who attend on land, where we can and it is appropriate we will issue penalty tickets to people.’
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: ‘What happened last weekend was unacceptable, putting a huge strain on police resources and putting people’s lives at risk.
‘I want to minimise the chances of this happening again, which is why I have asked GMP to develop a clear multi-agency action plan with the aim of preventing or disrupting any future raves.
‘We can’t say for certain that we can prevent all such events from taking place again. But we can say to Greater Manchester residents that there is no question of us turning a blind eye or adopting a permissive approach.’
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