MP slams damage done by rave

THE MP whose constituency saw an illegal rave has slammed the damage done by the party, believing an area was ‘trashed.’

Up to 4,000 people descended upon Daisy Nook Country Park to hold a party on Saturday, June 13.

A 20-year-old died of a suspected drug overdose and the effects will be felt in the area for some time to come.

Piles of rubbish, bottles and canisters that usually contain nitrous oxide were scattered across what is normally an area of natural beauty.

And Angela Rayner, whose Ashton constituency takes in Daisy Nook, believes the rave served to heighten the risk of the spread of coronavirus, as well as force a huge clean-up operation from both Tameside and Oldham Councils.

The deputy leader of the Labour party said: “I’m in touch with police, Tameside Council and Oldham Council about the illegal rave and the mammoth clean up required to get this beautiful area back to the state it should be in.

“It was devastating to see a place that’s been a haven for so many people during lockdown covered in broken glass, cans and other debris.

“I am working with local police and ward councillors to see how we can improve the response should we be unlucky enough to find ourselves in a similar situation in the future.

“Those who attended the rave put themselves and their loved ones at risk. It was completely irresponsible of them and they should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

“They came and trashed the place, causing a lot of distress for nearby residents then left without a thought for those that would have to deal with the aftermath.

“Our NHS staff, police and key workers are selflessly putting themselves on the frontline, fighting coronavirus and keeping us all safe.

“Events like this rave increase the risk of spreading the virus and it’s just not fair.”

While the rave attracted criticism from both Mrs Rayner and Greater Manchester Police, the politician also believes those who attended may not have engaged their brains.

For Tameside remains a hotspot of Covid-19 in an area where the R rate of infection is causing great concern, so much so it saw the reopening of schools delayed by two weeks.

Mrs Rayner added: “The rate of infection in the North West is still of great concern and Tameside is a particular hotspot.

“We all have a responsibility to do our bit, observe the rules and protect the most vulnerable in our communities.

“I urge people to observe social distancing and follow the current Government advice on coronavirus.”

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