COVID-19: Parks forced to close as sun seekers scuffle and leave piles of trash behind in ‘appalling scenes’ | UK News

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 COVID-19: Parks forced to close as sun seekers scuffle and leave piles of trash behind in 'appalling scenes' |  UK News


Two parks were closed following “appalling scenes” as large crowds left piles of trash on the hottest March day in more than half a century.

As Britons headed for the sun on Tuesday, parks and beauty spots across the country saw ‘shameful’ amounts of trash left as a result.

The Arboretum and Lenton Recreation Grounds in Nottingham were closed on Wednesday due to “actions of a thoughtless minority,” said council chief David Mellen.

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A dispersal order had to be put in place at the Arboretum, as images posted on social media showed a fight, dozens of people drinking and some ignoring social distancing rules.

Nottinghamshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Steve Cooper told Nottinghamshire Live: “We are really disappointed with the behavior we saw there last night. Now is not the time to act like the rules have been taken away altogether.

“We’re near the end and the vast majority of people there will not have been vaccinated and now they could end up spreading the virus in the community – that’s what we’re trying to stop. It doesn’t stop people from having fun. the consequences of the virus. ”

Similar scenes elsewhere prompted Health Secretary Matt Hancock to warn Britons not to break COVID rules and to ‘blow up’ progress in the fight against the virus.

Mr Hancock wrote in a tweet: ‘Let’s enjoy the sun but do it safely. We’ve come this far, don’t breathe now. ”

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hoped people would take advantage of the ‘good weather’ to play sports or exercise as lockdown restrictions were relaxed on Monday, while stressing that the country should always “proceed with caution”.

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Brighton sizzles on hottest March day in 53 years

The United Kingdom highest temperature in March for 53 years was recorded at Kew Gardens, London on Tuesday afternoon, where it hit 24.5 ° C (76.1 ° F), according to the Met Office.

Residents across England are now allowed to gather in groups of six or two households in parks and gardens, with outdoor team sports also being able to resume.

The warm weather saw people flock to the sea and the parks on Tuesday to soak up the sun with family and friends for the first time in months.

Footage and footage, including on social media, showed neighbors sharing drinks in the gardens, groups picnicking in green spaces, surfers on beaches, and children in playgrounds.

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Police officer talks to a group of people on Tuesday – the hottest March day in 53 years – following the easing of lockdown restrictions

However, some have also shown that large numbers of people gather, that social distancing rules are ignored, that people leave behind huge amounts of garbage in parks, burnt bonfires and even a fight. .

Hundreds of people descended on Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield, Manchester, with a resident telling the Manchester Evening News: “The rule of six went out the window. ”

Crowds are enjoying the sunshine in Southend-on-Sea.  Pic: David Parry / Shutterstock
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Crowds took advantage of the sunshine in Southend-on-Sea yesterday. Pic: David Parry / Shutterstock
A person surfs a wave in the sea off Bournemouth beach in Dorset.  Photo date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Temperatures in parts of the UK are expected to be significantly warmer this week as families and friends are reunited and sporting activities are allowed to resume in England.
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Surfers headed for Bournemouth Beach in Dorset

However, the blue skies and sunny weather this week are unlikely to last.

Temperatures are expected to drop in eastern England from Thursday, and “itching only in double digits,” Mr Burkhill said.

Rainy weather is forecast for Easter Sunday, with a risk of sleet or snow in Scotland and the far north of England.

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