Police came under attack when they stepped in to stop yet another lockdown party in Manchester last night, it has emerged.
About 150 people attended the party in a cul-de-sac in Longsight on Thursday night.
But when police turned up to stop the event they were met with ‘hostility’ – one cop was hurt and five police vehicles were damaged as the gathering was dispersed.
The police move came five days after officers allowed another lockdown party to continue in Moss Side.
About 200 people attended the rowdy event in a car park off Caythorpe Street which ended with two people being shot dead.
Cheriff Tall, 21, and Abayomi Ajose, 36, were both shot in the head from close range.
Residents had reported the event to police earlier that night but senior police said they didn’t intervene as there was no ‘specific criminal activity”.
Today (Friday) it emerged police did respond to a similar event on St Stephen’s Close, a cul-de-sac in Longsight, one of 39 illegal gatherings recorded by the police in the last two weeks.
Greater Manchester Police said the force received reports at around 10pm of a gathering of about 150 people.
Officers were sent to the scene and ‘successfully dispersed’ the group, according to GMP.
They tried to engage with people there but were met with ‘hostility’.
One officer was hurt, although not seriously, and five police vehicles were damaged during the operation.
Assistant Chief Constable Mabs Hussain said: “Officers responded to last night’s incident after receiving reports from concerned members of the public about this illegal gathering. After trying to engage with the group they were met with hostility and one officer was injured.
“Our officers respond to incidents in order to protect the public. When they arrive at a scene and are then subsequently attacked for doing their job, it is unacceptable. We do not tolerate these attacks as they don’t deserve to be treated in this way.
“These are the officers that the same community will call upon when they require our assistance. These officers will be there for them in times of need, so attacking someone who will also be there for you in your own time of need will not be tolerated.
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“This weekend we are again increasing our resources dedicated to preventing illegal raves and large gatherings. Last weekend we disrupted at least 13 raves from taking place and again we will do all we can to prevent any from happening this weekend.
“When we see illegal activity taking place, we will take action. If you attend an illegal rave you may face arrest and prosecution. Our advice is don’t do it.”
Police bosses say a number of such illegal gatherings has been rising over the last few weeks.
Two weeks ago, illegal lockdown raves in Carrington and at Daisy Nook Country Park ended in trouble – three people were stabbed and a young woman was raped at the Carrington event while one man died of a suspected drugs overdose at the Daisy Nook ‘quarantine rave’.
GMP bosses have upped patrols and are urging people to stay away from such gatherings.