Youths pictured at huge Endcliffe Park rave last night as music blares and drinks thrown

New photos have emerged of a rave at Endcliffe Park last night despite police vowing to step up patrols after a rape, fight and fires the previous night as huge crowds gathered.

By Claire Lewis
Thursday, 1st April 2021, 8:06 am
Updated Thursday, 1st April 2021, 11:36 am

A video shared online shows a large group of revellers dancing in Endcliffe Park last night while music blasts out.

Flashing lights can also be seen at the illegal rave, which was in breach of coronavirus restrictions.

Although Covid rules were eased slightly this week, to allow groups of six to meet outside, mass gathering are still banned.

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Endcliffe Park rave

The rave took place the night after an 18-year-old woman was raped in the park, a fight broke out, a war memorial was damaged and fires were lit after huge crowds gathered to enjoy Sheffield’s soaring temperatures.

Tuesday’s scenes caused outrage across the city and there was further condemnation yesterday morning when residents woke up to find Endcliffe Park covered by a sea of litter.

An emergency clean-up operation was mounted during which Sheffield Council said seven tonnes of waste were cleared away.

In response to the huge crowds on Tuesday, South Yorkshire Police said extra police patrols were planned and a ‘robust operational plan’ was in place to prevent repeat incidents with the Easter Bank Holiday weekend looming.

Large crowds have gathered in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, this week

The force has been contacted this morning about the rave.

CCTV footage is being reviewed as part of the police investigative work into the incidents reported on Tuesday, including the rape of an 18-year-old woman in a car.

Anyone with information should call 101.

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