‘300 people’ dance, drink and bomb down hill on trolleys at lockdown party

A party of 'about 300' revellers on top of a snowy hill has been blasted by locals and police.

Hundreds of young people defied lockdown to descend on Newcastle’s Town Moor on Wednesday, with a witness reporting festivities were already underway before 4pm.

Footage of the bustling party on Cow Hill shows people bunched together jumping up and down as they sang along to music, seemingly without consideration for social distancing during a global pandemic.

One woman, who asked not to be named, told Chronicle Live : “We got there at about 3.45pm and they were all already there.

“There must have been a good 300 of them – they had music on, lots of alcohol and no social distancing.

“They were still there at about 6pm and they were starting to get really drunk.

“I know they’ve been cooped up, like everybody else, but they were getting ridiculous – going down the hill on shopping trolleys, on upside down tables, at one point on what looked like the front of a speedboat.

“They were just enjoying themselves but the more they drank it just got more and more stupid."

Northumbria Police said the party was over before officers arrived.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “We are aware of footage circulating on social media showing a group who appear to be partying on the Town Moor in Newcastle yesterday (Wednesday) evening.

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“We want to be clear that this type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and undermines the efforts of the majority of people in our region who are making daily sacrifices to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“We also received reports relating to this activity and when officers attended that location the group had dispersed. We did speak to those in the area to reiterate the importance of following the Government restrictions.

“We are grateful to all who continue to follow the legislation and guidance in place, including those who have been enjoying the weather and sledging responsibly.”

A spokesperson for Newcastle City Council said: “We know that many people want to enjoy the snow and that, as you need a good hill for sledging, there’ll always be popular spots that people will visit on wintry days.

“However, everyone needs to remember that while having fun, Covid is very much still out there and you need to protect yourself and others from the virus.

“Wrap up warm, keep your distance from others, don’t sing or shout, and remember to wash your hands regularly and wear face coverings if you can.

“Together we have been doing a great job of driving down the spread of Covid in Newcastle. Let’s not ruin it now.”

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