Haunting pics of mass coronavirus funeral service in Spain as hundreds gather for eerie socially distanced ceremony – The Sun

HAUNTING pictures show a hundreds of people at a socially distanced coronavirus funeral mass held in Spain.

Mourners gathered in Seville Cathedral, wearing face masks and sitting on chairs two meters apart instead of in pews, for the emotional service.

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The 500 masked mourners clasped their hands and bowed their heads in prayer throughout the service, lef the archbishop of Seville, Juan Jose Asenjo.

Spain went into lockdown on March 14 and its coronavirus death toll 27,133 is among the world’s highest with 287 in the city.

But restrictions are slowly being eased in May, allowing the funeral mass to go ahead.

The ceremony in Seville was by strict invitation ensure social distancing measures were maintained and relatives had to email ahead to ensure a seat would be reserved, RTL.lu reports.

A choir and orchestra performed Mozart's Requiem as family members wiped away tears.





Some travelled hundreds of miles from other parts of Spain where ceremonies are not yet allowed.

Mourners were given clear instructions by a priest to remove their masks for a brief moment to take communion wafers safely.

Pews were removed and replaced them with individual seats while hand sanitiser dispensers were set up at the entrance to the Cathedral.

Coronavirus cases have been dropping and Spain’s health ministry announced at the beginning of this month no deaths over a 24 hour period for the first time since March.

The country reached a peak of 950 deaths on April 2, which was the biggest daily jump that any country had recorded at that point.

The mass was held as it emerged Spain is considering plans to reopen its land borders with France and Portugal from 22 June.

Foreign visitors arriving in Spain will no longer have to undergo a two week quarantine from the start of July.

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Game of Thrones and Friends toppled by Looney Tunes as most popular show on HBO just one week after launch – The Sun

GAME of Thrones has been knocked off its perch as HBO’s most-watched show – by cartoons, no less.

Despite being arguably the most talked-about TV series of the past decade, the popular fantasy series was not the most streamed programme on WarnerMedia’s new streaming service in its first week.

Instead the most-watched show on HBO Max after week one was Looney Toons Cartoons – a modern reboot of the iconic Bugs Bunny-starring animated shorts.

The series drew 16.5 times the demand of the average TV show, according to audience research firm Parrot Analytics.

It found Looney Toons Cartoons even exceeded Apple TV+’s big budget sci-fi original See – the most in-demand show on the platform in its first four days – and was almost five times more in demand than Quibi’s most popular show Chrissy’s Court.

Perhaps surprisingly, Game of Thrones did not even feature in the top five most-watched programmes on the platform.

The second most-watched show initially was The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo. 

The HBO Max original is a send-up of US television’s late-night chat shows, starring the much-loved Sesame Street character. 

But this was soon passed by Anna Kendrick’s rom-com Love Life, which has gone on to be the second most in-demand HBO Max programme, with nine times as many viewers as an average show.

However, Looney Tunes pales in comparison to the launch of Disney+ and it’s hit sci-fi western The Mandalorian, which in its first four days drew a staggering 46.1 times the demand of an average show.

 

But while audiences seem to be enjoying HBO Max’s family-friendly content, industry reaction has generally been less positive.

Analysts at US firm MoffettNathanson described the WarnerMedia channel as “chaotic” with a “mess” of brands.

Rahul Patel, an analyst at Ampere, added: “The branding is certainly less clear-cut than in the case of Disney, where its individual production assets have historically been more closely aligned to the studio in branding terms. 

“This manifests in two main ways – clarifying the breadth of content on the service, and clarifying the differentiation from historic VOD services run by Warner – and has resulted in Warner making recent efforts to clarify the distinction between HBO Go, HBO Now, and HBO Max.”

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Man is arrested over death of pregnant elephant

Man is arrested over death of pregnant elephant that was killed by feeding it a pineapple filled with firecrackers

  • Elephant walked into village near Silent Valley National Park, Palakkad, last week
  • She ate food – thought to be pineapple – intentionally stuffed with the explosives 
  • It is technique used by locals to keep wild animals away from their crops in India
  • Rubber tapper in 40s was arrested for handling explosives and assisting others 

A man has been arrested over the death of a pregnant elephant who was killed after eating food laced with firecrackers in India.

The elephant wandered into a village near Silent Valley National Park, Palakkad, last week.

There she unwittingly ate food – thought to be pineapple – intentionally stuffed with the explosives, a technique used by locals to keep wild animals away from their crops.

The device exploded in her mouth and she was left in excruciating pain for days before dying standing up in a river on May 27. 

Today a rubber tapper in his 40s was arrested for handling explosives and assisting others, Chief Wildlife Warden Surendra Kumar said.

A man has been arrested over the death of a pregnant elephant (pictured) who was killed after eating food laced with firecrackers in India

Images of the elephant standing in the Velliyar River with her trunk and wounded mouth submerged under the surface prompted international outcry 

It comes after three suspects were identified yesterday. 

Palakkad district police chief G Siva Vikram told New Delhi Television: ‘The arrested man is a rubber tapper. A search is on for others.’

Images of the elephant standing in the Velliyar River with her trunk and wounded mouth submerged under the surface prompted international outcry. 

A postmortem on the elephant showed that she was around 15 years old but days of starvation likely left her looking significantly smaller.

A postmortem on the elephant (pictured in the river) showed that she was around 15 years old but days of starvation likely left her looking significantly smaller 

The creature ate the fire cracker-laced food and it exploded in her mouth causing ‘severe traumatic injury’.

She was unable to eat or drink for days and wandered – while incredibly weak – into a river, likely to stop flies and bugs from entering the cuts.

Her official cause of death was respiratory failure after inhaling water. 

While local officials initially said the elephant ate pineapple, the post mortem was unable to confirm this.

Forest Officer of Mannarkkad, Aashique Ali U told the TV station: ‘We right now don’t know what the crackers were mixed with. 

‘Locally crackers in this area are mixed with fruits or animal fat. But we haven’t been able to find anything conclusively.’

A ten-member Special Investigation Team will begin tracking the elephant’s movements on Friday.

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Third of Britons say internet has been WORSE during the lockdown

Third of Britons say internet performance has been WORSE during the coronavirus lockdown – despite broadband providers’ claims they have held up well amid the surge in demand

  • YouGov survey revealed that 28 per cent of people noticed a slower connection 
  • At the same time three quarters of people said they were online more often
  • Ofcom said download speeds had only fallen by an average of 2 per cent 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

People say their broadband speeds have been worse during coronavirus lockdown, despite the providers claiming they’ve managed the surge in demand well.

According to a YouGov survey, 28 per cent have noticed their internet connection has become slightly worse than usual, while 7 per cent said it was much worse.

It comes as three quarters of those questioned claimed they were going online more heavily due to lockdown, including working, going to school and staying in touch. 

Last month, analysis by regulator Ofcom suggested that download speeds have only fallen by an average of 2 per cent since lockdown began in the UK. 

According to a YouGov survey, 28 per cent have noticed their internet connection has become slightly worse than usual, while 7 per cent said it was much worse

According to the YouGov survey 69 per cent of people who experienced connectivity issues said it affected general online activities.

A similar percentage said they had problems with internet steaming and 59 per cent had issues making internet video calls due to connection problems.

Just over half of the 2,301 people questioned said they had problems completing work-related tasks as a result of connection problems. 

However, over half – 57 per cent – of participants questioned said they noticed no change in the performance of their home internet connection.

‘New YouGov research shows that the internet had become even more important to daily life during the coronavirus lockdown,’ said Olivia Bonito from YouGov. 

‘Of course this means that many are now using their internet much more than usual but a significant proportion – a third – are experiencing worse internet performance than they did prior to the lockdown,’ she said.

Difficulty accessing stable internet may get worse as the number of people in a household increases – suggesting performance is impacted by demand.

‘While many might be able to cope in the short term, it could start to affect productivity if working from home becomes the ‘new normal’,’ said Bonito. 

According to Ofcom average broadband speeds have held up but people’s connections have been under much higher demand.

This demand comes from home working and home schooling.

It comes as three quarters of those questioned claimed they were going online more heavily due to lockdown, including working, going to school and staying in touch

A spokesperson for Ofcom said this increase in demand ‘can mean some services slow down even on a good connection’.

‘So we’re providing a range of practical tips on how people can get the most from their broadband and stay connected during the lockdown.’

The regulator published seven tips for staying connected during the lockdown on its website including doing regular speed checks on your connection. 

Ofcom’s seven tips include only using landlines or wifi to make phone calls – rather than clog up the mobile network with voice calls and keeping broadband routers away from other wireless devices such as TVs, speakers and baby monitors.

The regulator said this would help people ‘whether it’s for video streaming, virtual meetings or voice calls.’

‘Broadband and mobile networks are under increased demand because of the coronavirus (Covid-19),’ Ofcom wrote in a blog post.

‘We can all play our part in helping to manage how we use our connections.’

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Wreck of ironclad German warship added to National Heritage List

Wreck of ironclad German warship SMS Grosser Kurfurst that sank in the English Channel after being rammed by a friendly vessel in 1878 added to National Heritage List for England

  • SMS Grosser Kurfurst’s armour plating was ripped off and hole gouged in side
  • Stricken ship disappeared beneath the waves in eight minutes, drowning 284
  • Memorial in Cheriton Road Cemetery, Folkestone, has been given protection 

The wreck of a German battleship that sank off the coast of Kent in 1878, when she was rammed by a friendly vessel trying to avoid two fishing boats, has been added to the National Heritage List for England.

SMS Grosser Kurfurst’s armour plating was ripped off and a huge hole was gouged into her side when ramming ship Konig Wilhelm struck the warship during preparations for a training exercises near Folkestone, English Channel.

Germany’s stricken ship rapidly disappeared below the waves, losing 284 out of her 300 man crew.

A large memorial in Cheriton Road Cemetery, where many of the bodies pulled from the wreck are buried, has also been given grade-II listed status.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport issued protections for both on the advice of Historic England.

SMS Grosser Kurfurst, pictured, had its armour plating ripped off and a hole gouged in its side when it was struck four nautical miles off the coast of Folkestone, Kent

She ship sunk within eight minutes according to historians as its bulkheads failed to close

The warship was one of only three Preussen-class ironclad warships authorised under the naval programme of 1867, approved by the Reichstag to strengthen the German navy.

It was commissioned following the second Schleswig war (1864) involving the weak Prussian navy which had been unable to break a Dutch blockade.

Despite the pressure, however, the newly-built Kurfurst sank in just eight minutes as watertight bulkheads onboard failed to close, according to historian Erich Groner.

The Konig Wilhelm also suffered significant damage in the collision and severe flooding. 

Her captain initially planned to beach the ship, but after the pumps managed to hold the flooding to an acceptable level, she instead limped to Portsmouth for emergency repairs before returning to Germany. 

Lying four nautical miles off the UK coast, the shipwreck’s addition to the National Heritage List means divers are still able to visit, but it now has a new level of protection.  

The stricken warship is shown floundering above as other boats rush to the rescue. It had been preparing for training exercises in the English channel


SMS Grosser Kurfurst has been given protected status along with a memorial to the 284 sailors who lost their lives in Cheriton Road cemetery, Folkestone, Kent

SMS Grosser Kurfurst 

SMS Grosser Kurfurst is pictured above

Type: One of three Preussen-class ironclad warships 

Crew: Could take up to 500 men onboard

Length: 316 feet and 11 inches 

Launch date: September 1875

Date of sinking: 31 May 1878, rammed by SMS Konig Wilhelm four nautical miles off the coast of Folkestone, Kent 

Heritage minister Nigel Huddleston said: ‘The listing of the SMS Grosser Kurfurst and the memorial plaque is a fitting tribute to the 284 men who died when the ship sank more than 130 years ago.

‘I hope that the increased protection for both sites will ensure that the ingenuity of the early ironclad ships and their influence on modern navy vessels is not forgotten.’ 

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said: ‘This historic shipwreck tells the story of Germany’s increasing naval strength in the late-19th century at a time when Britain and Germany were on friendly terms.

‘The SMS Grosser Kurfurst is important as the only non-Royal Naval warship recorded as wrecked in English waters for the period 1860-1913.

‘The listing of the associated memorial in Folkestone with its German inscription is a poignant reminder of the loss of nearly 300 crewmen on board. It is right that we continue to remember them.’

Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe, also hailed the granting of protection to the wreck and memorial.

He said: ‘Folkestone would go on to play an important role in the First World War, as a port of passage for many soldiers travelling to and from the trenches in France and Belgium, which I have worked to commemorate as chairman of the Step Short charity.

‘In that spirit, I believe the monument is an important reminder of Anglo-German friendship and solidarity in times of disaster, to be remembered as well as times of enmity.’

Expansion of the German navy after the Schleswig-Holstein war, 1864

Kaiser Wilhelm II, who would lead Germany at the start of the First World War

This 1864 war saw forces from Prussia and Austria clash with Denmark over the province of Schleswig-Holstein.

Vastly outnumbered, Denmark took to blockading the North Sea coast as their most effective defence – a decision that would reveal serious weaknesses in the Prussian naval armoury.

Prussia found itself unable to shift the blockade – with its ships being unable to keep up in the Battle of Heligoland, which aimed to dislodge it.

The failure led to difficult questions at home and, by the unification of Germany in 1871, the navy had taken on a whole new significance.

The Imperial navy was founded, initially tasked with defending the North Sea coast from France and Russia, and a Naval Academy was then opened in March 1872.

This was followed in May with a ten-year building programme to modernise the Prussian fleet which would cost 220 million gold marks.

The SMS Grosser Kurfurst was built as part of this push to strengthen Germany’s naval fortifications.

One of the big drivers behind this was the nascent country’s desire for an Empire, similar to its European neighbours, which could only be achieved and maintained through naval might.

This would eventually lead to a head-on collision with the British, resulting in a naval arms race and the formation of the Triple Entente intent on keeping Germany within its borders. 

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German paedo at heart of Maddie McCann probe is sick sex predator who abused girls, raped tourist & was prolific burglar – The Sun

A GERMAN paedo at the heart of the Madeleine McCann's disappearance has today been unmasked as a "sexual predator" who abused young girls and raped a tourist.

Christian B – a paedo allegedly caged for “multiple” child sex attacks – is now a "significant" chief suspect in the infamous case following a vital breakthrough in 2017.


The 43-year-old is a child sex offender who is currently in jail in Germany for raping a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal two years before Maddie was snatched from her apartment in 2007.

German police revealed today they believe the youngster is dead in a sensational press conference.

Braunschweig state prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said: “The public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig is investigating a 43-year-old German national on suspicion of murder.

“From this you can see that we assume that the girl is dead.”

He added: "With the suspect, we are talking about a sexual predator who has already been convicted of crimes against little girls and he's already serving a long sentence."

The 43-year-old prisoner was not officially named by British cops but was living in a campervan in Praia da Luz in Portugal around the time the youngster vanished on May 3, 2007.

We cannot reveal his full identity due to Germany privacy laws.

The suspect was born in Germany in 1976 but moved to Portugal in his late teens.

He has twice been charged with sex offences against young girls and is also a prolific burglar at hotels and holiday apartments, BKA crime director Christian Hoppe said.

He believes Madeleine may have been randomly targeted after her killer broke into her family’s apartment in Praia de Luz.

The officer also said the suspect could have had an accomplice who may know where Maddie’s body is.

The BKA is the federal investigative police agency of Germany.

When asked whether the attack was sexually motivated, Christian Hoppe, leading crime director at the Federal Crime Agency said: “We cannot rule that out.

“But it is also possible that the suspect, after an initial intention of burglary, spontaneously moved on to a sexual motive.”



He was also asked if the suspect could have had accomplices and replied: “We do not rule that out- besides the initial offender- there might be others who have known about the crime, the location of Maddie’s body or even participated in the crime.”

Mr Hoppe identified two houses in the Praia da Luz area where he said Maddie could have been taken after she was abducted.

The chief also said: “We think that she might have become the victim of a homicide.”

The man was living in Portugal between 1995 and 2007 and worked part-time in the food industry.

He was known to them at the time for drug offences and has twice been charged with sex offences.

According to the BKA, further indications suggest that he also makes his living by committing crimes, including burglary theft in hotel complexes and holiday apartments as well as drug trafficking.

While living in Portugal, the suspect lived in a dilapidated old farm building two miles from the holiday apartment, Sky News reports.





One neighbour said he rented the home from an English owner in the 90s and was "always a bit angry" before he vanished in 2006 "without a word".

The local added: "About six months later I was asked to help clean up the place and it was disgusting, absolutely vile. It had been trashed, with broken stuff like computers all over the place.

"We found a bin bag and inside were wigs and exotic clothing, whether just fancy dress or something stranger I couldn't tell."

German cops are treating Maddie’s disappearance as a murder inquiry – though the Met are still investigating the case as a missing person inquiry.

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The untold truth of Kehlani

As protests and unrest spread across the nation following the killing of George Floyd during an encounter with Minneapolis police, some celebrities are also facing scrutiny for their responses to the volatile situation. Among those famous faces is singer Lana Del Rey, who shared a series of controversial posts on social media and tangled directly and indirectly with fellow artist Kehlani. 

In one Instagram post, Del Rey discussed a perceived double-standard in the music industry, making her argument by essentially name-checking other artists, specifically women of color. “Question for the culture,” Del Rey wrote (per the Los Angeles Times). “Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f***ing, cheating, etc — can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money — or whatever i want — without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizing abuse???????” 

Del Rey said she was not trying to detract from the success of the women she’d named. In fact, she said they were her “favorite f***ing people,” but that sentiment certainly isn’t mutual for Kehlani, who directly called out Del Rey for subsequently posting what Kehlani called a “dangerous” video of looting in Los Angeles.

But Kehlani is much more than her headline-making exchange with Del Rey. She is a successful artist in her own right. Let’s dig into that, shall we?

Kehlani took her album release into her own hands

Kehlani rose to prominence in 2014 with a free mixtape titled Cloud 19. She has since become a Grammy and BET-nominated superstar who’s kept busy while laying low during the coronavirus pandemic. She even executed a DIY new music release from her home. 

Kehlani was disappointed when her label postponed the release of her album, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, right before social-distancing and self-quarantine got underway. “I was pretty bummed, but they’re the label, I can’t fight that,” she told The GuardianIn response, she used her own skills to produce a video and drop her “TOXIC” single in March 2020. The sensual video features Kehlani in different outfits swaying to the music and feeling herself. I put it out, just wine drunk, in the middle of the night and things went crazy,” she said. Her label reportedly phoned the next day. “They were like: ‘If you’ve decided you want to take everything into your own hands you’re welcome to drop [the album].'”

She’s continued her grassroots promotions and DIY videography. “I’ve learned a lot of new things off YouTube,” she told The Guardian. “I’m actually really busy.”

Kehlani dishes on her big breakup with YG

Kehlani came clean in 2020 about what exactly went down between her and her ex, YG. The rapper was reportedly one of the first artists in the industry to express interest in her work, but YG was also allegedly caught with another woman outside a club in Los Angeles shortly after their relationship went public in 2019. 

In May 2020, Kehlani talked to The Breakfast Club about being in an open relationship and facing betrayal. “I think you get to a certain point where if you set certain boundaries for your relationship, then that’s the boundaries that you guys should hold yourselves to…” she told the radio show, noting that infidelity can feel like a part of the music biz. “…at some point I have to hold that standard to myself and honor myself and dip out.”

According to Kehlani, YG was cheating on her, and the details are in her track, “Valentine’s Day.” She said the “outside the club thing” [YG kissing another woman] wasn’t the reason for their split. To her, the communication breakdown was key. “It was a lot of lies and a lot of covering up,” she said. “It was deep, and it was intricate.” She said they’re both on good terms now, but she’s moved on.

Kehlani had a difficult childhood

Kehlani overcame a difficult start in life. She was reportedly born prematurely to a mother who was on the run. Her father, who died when she was 1, talked her mom through labor on the phone from prison. Shortly after Kehlani was born, her mother returned to prison. “…I was hella premature because she was on drugs,” Kehlani told The Guardian. Baby Kehlani was placed in foster care. Her aunt eventually adopted her, but Kehlani said she became homeless as a teenager, reportedly drifting from couch to couch and stealing food to stay alive until around 2012. 

Kehlani endured another horrible circumstance in 2016 when she was mercilessly criticized over a single social media post. Rapper PartyNextDoor shared a photo with Kehlani in bed. At the time, most folks believed she was dating NBA player Kyrie Irving, so that snap triggered an onslaught of infidelity chatter. Though both Kehlani and Irving said they were not together at the time of the post, the hate directed at Kehlani got so bad that she may have attempted suicide. 

“I wanted to leave this earth,” she said in an Instagram post, per MTV News. “Never thought I’d get to such a low point. But…Don’t believe the blogs you read. No one was cheated on and I’m not a bad person.” She added, “God saved me for a reason, and for that…I must be grateful.. Cuz I’m not in heaven right now for a reason.”

Kehlani believes looks can be deceiving

Kehlani described herself as a mixed-race person, saying she has black, white, Native American, Mexican, Spanish, and Filipino roots in her family. Her love interests also don’t discriminate. “I’m queer. Not bi, not straight. I’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non binary people, intersex people, trans people. Lil poly pansexual papi hello good morning,” she tweeted in 2018, per Billboard.

After she announced that she was having a baby with her guitarist, Javaughn Young-White, Kehlani was criticized by some who claimed that she’d used her sexuality for clout. She dismissed those critics. “I’ve had girlfriends in front of people’s faces, right under their noses, and they weren’t famous and so nobody cared to make it public. So they automatically assume that I must like men more than women,” she told The Guardian, warning that labels of any kind can be problematic. “A lot of people think I’m a rapper,” she said, because she has face tattoos. “Or that I’m ‘F**k this and f**k that’, and as ‘F**k this’ as I can be,” she quipped. In reality: “I’m pretty sensitive,” she said.

Looking to the future, Kehlani is focusing on raising her daughter and helping create positive opportunities for other kids too. “One thing I’m thinking about a lot lately is all the children whose safe haven was after-school programmes and dance class, who have it really rough at home,” she told The Guardian in May 2020. “My happy place when I felt misunderstood or alone was in these programmes where I got to express myself.”

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Thousands of Black Lives Matter protestors head for London's Hyde Park

At least 15,000 Black Lives Matter protestors including Star Wars actor John Boyega pack into London’s Hyde Park – as British police chiefs say they are ‘appalled and horrified’ by George Floyd’s death

  • Black Lives Matter protest underway at Hyde Park in London is second major demonstration in UK so far 
  • Stand Up To Racism also wants Britons to ‘take the knee’ on doorsteps at 6pm tonight in separate protest
  • UK police chief constables have called for ‘justice and accountability’ and condemn violent scenes in US 
  • George Floyd died after white police officer put knee on his neck in Minneapolis for nine minutes last week
  • TV reporter screams as she is attacked by screwdriver-wielding man yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ while at protest 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

At least 15,000 Black Lives Matter protesters including singer Liam Payne and actor John Boyega gathered in London today as a show of force against the death of George Floyd in the US.

Huge crowds gathered in Hyde Park this afternoon despite ongoing social distancing rules as many campaigners wore face coverings and held signs with messages such as ‘Please, I can’t breathe’, ‘BLM’ and ‘Colour ≠ Crime’.

The rally comes as global demonstrations gather pace following the death of 46-year-old black man Mr Floyd who died after white police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on his neck for nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25. 

Today, Star Wars actor Boyega told the crowd: ‘Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting.’

Police were generally keeping in the background of the protest while their helicopters circled above. Banners included ‘Enough is Enough’, ‘Remember Smiley Culture’, ‘Remember Cherry Groce’, and ‘UK is not innocent’.

After leaving Hyde Park, the protesters clambered onto traffic lights as they marched down Park Lane towards Victoria and gathered outside Parliament. One supporter played Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds on a loudspeaker. 

One protester wore a Colin Kaepernick shirt after the black American footballer who started the knee protest in the US. Thousands of demonstrators at times went down on one knee chanting ‘George Floyd, George Floyd.’

It comes after UK chief constables joined forces to say they were ‘appalled and horrified’ by the death and called for ‘justice and accountability’, while warning those attending protests to do so while maintaining a safe distance.  

Separately, anti-racism campaign group Stand Up to Racism is urging Britons to ‘take the knee’ on their doorsteps at 6pm tonight for a protest against discrimination which is also backing the Black Lives Matter movement. 

At least 15,000 Black Lives Matter protesters gather in London today as a show of force against the death of George Floyd

People wearing face masks hold banners at Hyde Park in London during a Black Lives Matter protest this afternoon

Protesters face a line of police officers during the Black Lives Matter protest through London this afternoon

Supporters at the protest in London this afternoon wear face coverings and hold up signs with messages including: ‘We will remember the silence of our friends’ and ‘If you’re not angry you’re not paying attention’

Protesters march away from Hyde Park during the Black Lives Matter rally in London this afternoon

Demonstrators observe social distancing as they meet in London’s Hyde Park today to protest against George Floyd’s death

Protesters wearing face masks gather for the demonstration at Hyde Park this afternoon

Boyega, 28, told fellow demonstrators gathered for a Black Lives Matter protest he was ‘speaking to you from my heart’. The British actor referenced two other black Americans who controversially died in the US, as well as the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence in London in 1993.

He said: ‘We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd. We are a physical representation of our support for Sandra Bland. We are a physical representation of our support for Trayvon Martin. We are a physical representation of our support for Stephen Lawrence.’

‘We are are appalled and horrified’: Full statement from UK chief constables on George Floyd protests 

‘We stand alongside all those across the globe who are appalled and horrified by the way George Floyd lost his life. Justice and accountability should follow.

‘We are also appalled to see the violence and damage that has happened in so many US cities since then. Our hearts go out to all those affected by these terrible events and hope that peace and order will soon be restored.

‘In the UK we have a long established tradition of policing by consent, working in communities to prevent crime and solve problems. Officers are trained to use force proportionately, lawfully and only when absolutely necessary. We strive to continuously learn and improve. We will tackle bias, racism or discrimination wherever we find it.

‘Policing is complex and challenging and sometimes we fall short. When we do, we are not afraid to shine a light on injustices or to be held to account.

‘The relationship between the police and the public in the UK is strong but there is always more to do. Every day, up and down the country, officers and staff are working to strengthen those relationships and address concerns. Only by working closely with our communities do we build trust and help keep people safe.

‘We know people want to make their voices heard. The right to lawful protest is key part of any democracy, which UK police uphold and facilitate. But coronavirus remains a deadly disease and there are still restrictions in place to prevent its spread, which include not gathering outside in groups of more than six people. So for whatever reason people want to come together, we ask that people continue to work with officers at this challenging time.’ 

He added: ‘I’m speaking to you from my heart. Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f*** that.

‘Today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process. We don’t know what George Floyd could have achieved, we don’t know what Sandra Bland could have achieved, but today we’re going to make sure that won’t be an alien thought to our young ones.

‘I need you to understand how painful this shit is. I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing and that isn’t the case any more, that was never the case any more.’

He urged protesters to remain peaceful as they demonstrated over the death of Mr Floyd.

‘It is very, very important that we keep control of this moment. That we make this as peaceful and as organised as possible,’ he said.

‘Because they want us to mess up, they want us to be disorganised, but not today.

‘This message is specifically for black men, black men we need to take care of our black women.

‘They are our hearts, they are our future, we cannot demonise our own, we are the pillars of the family.

‘Imagine this: a nation that is set up with individual families that are thriving, that are healthy, that communicate, that raise their children in love, have a better rate of becoming better human beings, and that’s what we need to create.

‘Black men, it starts with you. It’s done man, we can’t be trash no more. We have to be better.

‘You lot came today, you left your kids, and when you see your kids they’re aimlessly playing, they don’t understand what’s going on. Today’s the day that we remind them that we are dedicated and this is a lifelong dedication.

‘Some of you are artists, some of you are bankers, some of you are lawyers, some of you own shop stores.

‘You are important, your individual power, your individual right is very, very important, we can all join together to make this a better world.’

Protesters were initially asked to sit two metres apart unless they were in the same household and were told to keep their arms stretched out to ensure social distancing when moving around the park.

However, as numbers grew, many of the protesters were seen standing at close distance as organisers still tried to maintain appropriate spacing. 

Actor John Boyega is seen (centre) being embraced in the crowd during a Black Lives Matter protest at Hyde Park today


Actor John Boyega, pictured left with a megaphone, and musician Liam Payne, pictured right with girlfriend Maya Henry, were among the celebrities to attend today’s rally in London

A tear appears to roll down Boyega’s cheek as he takes part in the anti-racism demonstration in London today

Star Wars star Boyega tells the crowd in London today: ‘Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important’ 


Boyega said of black people in London today: ‘We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless’

Musician Liam Payne, pictured with his girlfriend Maya Henry, was also among the celebrities to attend today’s rally in London

Protesters chanted ‘black lives matter’ and ‘we will not be silent’ as they waited for the demonstration to begin.

How John Boyega has regularly spoken out about race issues

Star Wars actor John Boyega, who was born in London to parents of Nigerian descent, has regularly spoken out about race issues.

He was also one of the last people to see Damilola Taylor alive before the ten-year-old was murdered in Peckham, South London.

Boyega’s family, who also lived in Peckham, took in the boy when he first moved to London from Lagos.

The 28-year-old actor has told how he has encountered racist abuse since childhood – and fears for his family and friends who live in America.

He has again been outspoken on social media in recent days following the death of Mr Floyd.

Last week he tweeted ‘I f***ing hate racists’ and condemned ‘white racists’ in an Instagram video, saying they had ‘ruined the world’ and that he did not want to ‘work in fear’ when in the US.

In January, he shared a heart-warming video of the moment he told his parents Abigail and Samson Adegboyega that he had bought them a house. 

Most of the protesters wore masks or gloves.

Filippa, a 20-year-old student, said’ I know that I’m healthy. So this felt more important than to stay inside when I have the opportunity.’

It comes after a joint statement from UK chief constables said today: ‘We stand alongside all those across the globe who are appalled and horrified by the way George Floyd lost his life.

‘Justice and accountability should follow. We are also appalled to see the violence and damage that has happened in so many US cities since then. 

‘Our hearts go out to all those affected by these terrible events and hope that peace and order will soon be restored.’

It added that officers in Britain have a ‘long established tradition of policing by consent, working in communities to prevent crime and solve problems’.

The statement added that forces will ‘tackle bias, racism or discrimination wherever we find it’ but acknowledged that ‘sometimes we fall short’.

It added that police would ‘uphold and facilitate’ the right to lawful protest, but warned demonstrators that the coronavirus lockdown is still in place.

They said: ‘Coronavirus remains a deadly disease and there are still restrictions in place to prevent its spread, which include not gathering outside in groups of more than six people. 

Protesters wearing face masks, hold up placards and raise clenched fists during outside the Houses of Parliament today

Police walk through the crowds during the Black Lives Matter protest in London this afternoon

Protesters kneel in front of police during the Black Lives Matter protest through Central London this afternoon

Black Lives Matter protesters march through London today after the demonstration began in Hyde Park

A van bears the Black Lives Matter movement name on its side while being driven through London today

Black Lives Matter demonstrators march through London today as the protest against George Floyd’s death continues

Police stand outside the Scotland Yard headquarters in London today during the Black Lives Matter protest

Participants in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London today in memory of black man George Floyd

Black Lives Matter protesters march through London today after the demonstration began at Hyde Park

Protesters shout during a Black Lives Matter demonstration at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

An aerial photograph of Black Lives Matter protesters at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

Protesters hold up a number of different signs during the event, at Hyde Park in London today, including one which read: ‘Use your white privilege, save lives’

The demonstrators are pictured in this aerial view during the Black Lives Matter protest in London this afternoon

A woman is seen with the phrase ‘I can’t Breathe’, uttered by George Floyd before his death, painted on her face at Hyde Park

A protester wearing a face mask ‘takes the knee’, as many others are expected to this evening, at Hyde Park in London today

Demonstrators hold banners during the Black Lives Matter protest at Hyde Park in London this afternoon 

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

A woman wearing a face mask stands up at Hyde Park in London today, holding a sign saying ‘Black Lives Matter’

‘So for whatever reason people want to come together, we ask that people continue to work with officers at this challenging time.’

TV reporter screams live on air as she is attacked by screwdriver-wielding man yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ while covering protest

Nine News’ Europe correspondent Sophie Walsh, above, was seen clearly shaken

A reporter screamed live on air as she was attacked by a man yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ and wielding a screwdriver while covering the Black Lives Matter protest in London.

Nine News’ Europe correspondent Sophie Walsh was attacked while broadcasting this morning, according to the Australian network.

Footage was not captured of the attack but Ms Walsh can be heard screaming and seen clearly shaken afterwards while relaying the incident to one of her colleagues.

She said: ‘Sorry, I just had someone come up and try and… yeah. 

‘A man just came up and grabbed me. He’s not armed. A man just came up and grabbed me though.’

A fellow presenter reported the attacker ‘made motions to stab her’ with footage showing a man being detained by two police officers and held against a car bonnet.

Ms Walsh later wrote on Twitter: ‘Thank you for your messages. The man has been arrested for threats to kill and carrying a weapon. I’m shaken but okay. 

‘Big thanks to my incredible cameraman Jason Conduit who chased him down armed with a light stand and got him arrested.’ 

Today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Commons that he can understand the anger and the grief felt following the death of Mr Floyd.

SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford said: ‘In the seven days since George Floyd was murdered, the UK Government has not even offered words, it has not expressed that pain, it has shuttered itself in the hope no-one would notice.’

He added: ‘Can I ask the Prime Minister what representations has he made to his ally Donald Trump? And at the very least Prime Minister, say it now – black lives matter.’ 

The Prime Minister responded: ‘Of course black lives matter and I totally understand the anger, the grief that is felt, not just in America but around the world and in our country as well.

‘I totally understand that and I get that and I also support, as I’ve said, the right to protest.

‘The only point I would make to the House is that protests should be carried out lawfully and in this country, protests should be carried out in accordance with our rules on social distancing.’

Also today, Stand Up to Racism has organised a ‘take the knee’ protest for 6pm as part of a day of action against discrimination in response to the death of Mr Floyd.

SUTR said the campaign was inspired by the kneeling protest staged by American football star Colin Kaepernick in 2016 that has become synonymous with the Black Lives Matter movement. 

A further demonstration by Black Lives Matter is scheduled for 1pm on Saturday in Parliament Square.

Yesterday, hundreds of people gathered outside St George’s Hall in Liverpool as part of a separate Black Lives Matter protest.

Merseyside Police said in a tweet that while it recognised people’s right to demonstrate peacefully they should still adhere to social distancing guidelines.

It comes as a review by Public Health England found black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people are at significantly higher risk of dying from Covid-19. 

A black man and a white woman hold their hands aloft in a show of defiance during today’s protest, attended by thousands

Protesters take part in a demonstration at Hyde Park in London today over the death of black man George Floyd

Protesters, some wearing face masks, raise clenched fists during the Black Lives Matter protest in London this afternoon

People take part in a demonstration today at Hyde Park in London today over the death of George Floyd

A woman holding a megaphone raises her arm in the air as dozens of other protesters, many wearing masks, surround her and applaud

Campaigners wearing face masks hold up placards and raise clenched fists during the well-attended event at Hyde Park

Protesters take part in a demonstration at Hyde Park in London today over the death of black man George Floyd

CALIFORNIA: Musician Harry Styles, with a face mask, attended a similar rally yesterday across the Atlantic in Los Angeles

Campaigners are now calling for a public inquiry into the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities.

Weyman Bennett of SUTR said: ‘Racism is the underlying condition that continues to kill black and BAME communities.

‘Take the knee at 6pm because there is a boot on the neck of millions of people in the BAME community.

‘Part of the cure for the virus of racism is to embrace anti-racism and anti-fascism.’ 

Four protesters kneel on the ground and hold hands as they came together to demand action over the death of George Floyd

People hold banners at Hyde Park in London during the Black Lives Matter protest today

Protesters wearing face masks hold up signs during a Black Lives Matter protest at Hyde Park in London today

Protesters hold up signs during a Black Lives Matter protest in Hyde Park in London today

People wearing face masks hold signs at Hyde Park during today’s Black Lives Matter’ protest

People observe social distancing during the Black Lives Matter rally in London this afternoon

A man holds a banner saying ‘white silence is violence’ during the protest in London today

People wearing face masks hold banners in Hyde Park during the protest this afternoon

The protests in London today come after violent demonstations across the United States

Protesters hold up placards as people gather for a demonstration at Hyde Park today over the death of George Floyd

A protester wearing a face mask holds a sign saying ‘I can’t breathe’ in London this afternoon

People wearing face masks hold signs in Hyde Park during today’s Black Lives Matter protest

A woman wears a face mask saying ‘silence is violence’ during the protest in London today

Four women walk while wearing face masks and holding banners at London’s Hyde Park today

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

People wearing face masks hold banners in Hyde Park during this afternoon’s demonstration

Protesters wearing face masks hold up signs at today’s Black Lives Matter protest in London

Protesters take part in a demonstration at Hyde Park today over the death of George Floyd in the US

SUTR’s Sabby Dhalu said: ‘BAME communities are suffering disproportionately from Covid-19, economic decline and police brutality.

‘We call on people to ‘take the knee’ on their doorstep in solidarity with George Floyd, at 6pm, Wednesday 3 June. We stand for justice for George Floyd and say Black Lives Matter.’

Large gatherings are still banned under shutdown rules, and yesterday Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon asked protesters to find an alternative to physical demonstrations.

Speaking at her daily briefing in Edinburgh, she said: ‘Right now, it is the case, unfortunately and regrettably, that large gatherings of people could pose a risk to health and indeed to life. 

Demonstrators socially distance while gathering for the protest at London’s Hyde Park today

People participate in the Black Lives Matter protest rally at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

A woman wearing a face mask holds a banner in Hyde Park during the protest this afternoon

People wearing face masks hold signs at Hyde Park during today’s Black Lives Matter protest

People sit at Hyde Park and hold banners at the Black Lives Matter protest in London today

People hold banners in Hyde Park during the Black Lives Matter protest in London today

People hold banners in Hyde Park in London today during a Black Lives Matter protest following the death of George Floyd

People participate in a Black Lives Matter protest rally in Hyde Park in London this afternoon

Activists wear face masks as they hold up signs during today’s demonstration at Hyde Park 

‘We need to find ways of allowing people to make their voices heard and to make the points that many of us want to be made and to be heard right now, but to do so in a way that is safe and is not putting people protesting or wider communities at risk.’

The Met Police said its approach was to engage with protesters and encourage them to follow social distancing rules.

Last Sunday, thousands of people took part in Black Lives Matter protests in London’s Trafalgar Square and outside the US embassy, while demonstrations were also staged in Cardiff and Manchester.

Thousands of people in Dublin protested outside the US embassy on Monday. There were 23 arrests in London on Sunday, at least three of which were for breach of Covid-19 legislation. 

Two people hold up banners during the demonstration at Hyde Park in London this afternoon

Protesters wearing face masks hold up signs at today’s Black Lives Matter protest in Hyde Park

Protesters wear face masks and observe social distancing during the protest in London today

People wearing face masks as they sit at Hyde Park during today’s Black Lives Matter protest

A woman hands out a Socialist Worker poster with the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ today

A woman wearing a face mask with the message ‘I Can’t Breathe’ is seen in Hyde Park today

A protester wears a mask displaying the words ‘I can’t breathe’ at today’s protest in London

A protester holds a sign and face mask during the Black Lives Matter protest in London today

One person holds up a sign saying ‘Isolate for 2 weeks after protest’ in London this afternoon


George Floyd (left), a 46-year-old black man, died last week after white police officer Derek Chauvin (right) put his knee on his neck in Minneapolis on May 25 for nine minutes

US President Donald Trump has declared that ‘the National Guard is ready’ as he repeated his threat to send troops to New York City to ‘put down’ the Floyd protests – but the violence in the city was less severe last night.

Thousands ignored mayor Bill de Blasio’s 8pm curfew to continue their demonstrations, but police arrested more than 200 people as night fell and some of the rampant destruction of the previous few days was quelled.

The calmer scenes were echoed across much of America where protesters once again turned out in force but the confrontations with police were subdued and widespread rioting was limited.

It followed a day of anger from President Trump’s critics over the way he threatened to deploy the military to quell riots across the US and cleared protesters in Washington DC so he could visit damaged St John’s Episcopal Church.

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Prince Joachim of Belgium apologises after flying 1050 miles to Spain

Prince Joachim of Belgium says he ‘deeply regrets his actions’ after flying 1,050 miles to Spain to attend a party with his girlfriend and 26 others in breach of lockdown where he caught coronavirus

  • Prince Joachim of Belgium has apologised after he attended an illegal private party in Spain last Tuesday with his Spanish girlfriend Victoria Ortiz
  • The Belgian Royal Household confirmed he has now contracted coronavirus
  • The 28-year-old was allowed to travel to Madrid for business reasons
  • But the party on Tuesday took place in the city of Cordoba in southern Spain 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Prince Joachim of Belgium has apologised for attending a party in Spain last Tuesday, admitting that he ‘deeply regrets his actions’. 

The 28-year-old nephew of King Philippe of Belgium and ninth in line to the throne, attended the bash on Tuesday in a private house in the city of Cordoba. 

Just days after attending the private party with his Spanish girlfriend, which breached social distancing rules, he was diagnosed with coronavirus.

The prince, 28, had arrived in Madrid two days earlier for a business trip but then took a high-speed train to Cordoba, where his long-term girlfriend Victoria Ortiz grew up. In total, he travelled 1,050 miles from Belgium to Cordoba. 

Prince Joachim of Belgium has apologised for attending a party in Spain last Tuesday, admitting that he ‘deeply regrets his actions’ (he is seen in 2011)

Speaking in a statement to People, he said: ‘I would like to apologise for travelling and not having respected the quarantine measure.

‘I did not intend to offend or disrespect anyone in these very difficult times and deeply regret my actions and accept the consequences, the royal concluded. 

According to Spanish news outlet El Pais, 27 people attended the private party, which is nearly double the number of people (15) currently allowed to congregate under one roof in the Andalusian city. 

The same news organisation says the Belgian Royal Household confirmed that Prince Joachim attended the party.

Prince Joachim of Belgium (pictured middle with father Prince Lorenz and sister Princess Luise Maria in 2017) was diagnosed with coronavirus a few days after attending a private party which broke lockdown rules in Cordoba, Spain

The prince, 28, travelled to Madrid on a business trip on Sunday but then took a high-speed train to Cordoba (pictured) on Tuesday a week ago

All the guests who attended the party are now in quarantine, while it is not clear whether the prince contracted the virus at the party or whether he already had the virus beforehand.  

Prince Laurent of Belgium, another of Joachim’s uncles, confirmed the virus has been contracted by at least one member of his family.

He said: ‘We do not know how, but the coronavirus has entered our household.’

‘For weeks now, we have hardly gone out – only to shop and for sports.’ 

The party has been branded as ‘completely irresponsible’ by Spanish authorities, with police in the country investigating the party.

In Cordoba (pictured) there is a regional social limit of just 15 people under one roof. The party was attended by 27 guests, all of whom are now in quarantine 

Those found guilty of breaking lockdown restrictions could face fines of between 600 and 10,000 euros. 

Speaking about the party, Rafaela Valenzuela, the Spanish government’s sub-delegate in Cordoba, said: ‘I feel surprised and indignant, given that at a moment of national mourning for so many dead, an incident of this type stands out. 

‘It’s completely irresponsible, because that number of people multiplied could cause an outbreak, and that would mean that Córdoba, after passing to Phase 2, would have to take a step back.

‘That is unforgivable. The police are investigating not just the observance of confinement measures, but also the breaking of other rules, given that we are still under a state of alarm. The virus is still out there.’

The prince, 28, had arrived in Madrid two days earlier for a business trip but then took a high-speed train to Cordoba, where his long-term girlfriend Victoria Ortiz (seen) grew up

The prince (pictured) is the nephew of King Phillipe of Belgium and is ninth in line to the throne

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Hundreds of covidiots hold street party with zero social distancing

Hundreds of covidiots hold crowded street party with zero social distancing and shoot FIREWORKS at police helicopter overhead in shocking lockdown breach

  • Brent Police have tried to break up a ‘unlicensed music event’ in Harlesdon
  • More than 400 people are thought to have gathered for an ongoing street party
  • Helicopters circled overhead as police officers tried to disperse the crowd 
  • Fireworks have been set off despite the police helicopter circling sky above

Hundreds of revellers have crowded together for a street party in London in a dramatic breach of lockdown rules.

Fireworks were shot towards a circling police helicopter as Brent Police officers tried to break up the ‘unlicensed music event’ in Harlesdon, London, on Wednesday, but it has now continued for more than four hours.

More than one party-goer has been arrested, police confirmed, as videos shared online show people dancing and holding plastic cups as they defy lockdown restrictions. 

Under the latest rules groups of up to six, including mixed households, are allowed to meet in outside spaces – but social distancing must be strictly followed.

But videos show revellers grouped closely together with some walking through the crowd appearing to pay little heed to the risk of spreading coronavirus. 


Brent Police officers tried to break up the ‘unlicensed music event’ in Harlesdon, London, on Wednesday, but with no luck

Up to 400 people are thought to have gathered for the late night street party, in clear defiance of lockdown restrictions

There have now been 39,369 confirmed deaths from the disease in the UK and Brent has suffered one of the highest number of cases in the country.

Brent had registered 465 covid-related deaths up to May 22, one of the highest in the capital and the sixth worst hit in the UK. 

Figures released on June 1 showed 45 people died at home in Brent of coronavirus, 40 died in care homes, four in hospices, and two ‘elsewhere’. 

One woman tweeted: ‘Seriously? This is happening on Church rd Harlesden right now!! Can hear helis above. Guess no1 gets any sleep 2night. Selfish idiots.’ [sic]

A Brent MPS spokesman confirmed police were ‘engaging and dispersing a large group of people.’

They added: ‘Police are currently in the area of Gifford Road, #NW10, following reports of a unlicensed music event. 

‘Officers are engaging and dispersing a large group of people gathered in the area. 

More than one party-goer has been arrested, police confirmed, as videos shared online show people dancing and holding plastic cups as they defy lockdown restrictions


Videos show revellers grouped closely together with some walking through the crowd appearing to pay little heed to the risk of spreading coronavirus

A Brent MPS spokesman confirmed police were ‘engaging and dispersing a large group of people’

Police vans lined the street nearby as officers attempted to disperse the crowd, but the party went on until the early hours

There have now been 39,369 confirmed deaths from the disease in the UK and Brent has suffered one of the highest number of cases in the country

Up to 400 revellers gathered to listen to music and dance together despite the risk of spreading the deadly coronavirus

‘There has been one arrest. The National Police Air Service (NPAS) is providing assistance.’ 

Lines of police officers could be seen making their way through the crowds in one video, with revellers filming them on their phones. 

One woman who lived nearby tweeted the police: ‘Please get it sorted we want to sleep! I can’t imagine having to go deal with it, its massive! Thank you.’

Another added: ‘So this is what the helicopters over NW London are all about? Some people in Harlesden who don’t give a s**t having a party? Hmm, can’t say I’m convinced that explains THIS MANY helicopters…’

One wrote at 10.25pm: ‘Big police presence in north-west London as large groups of people ignore social distancing. I live a couple of miles away and could hear the rammy! Police helicopter above for over an hour now.’

One woman who lived nearby tweeted the police: ‘Please get it sorted we want to sleep! I can’t imagine having to go deal with it, its massive! Thank you’


Brent had registered 465 covid-related deaths up to May 22, one of the highest in the capital and the sixth worst hit in the UK

Another penned: ‘We can hear non stop police sirens on the A40 and there’s a helicopter circling for the past 20 mins.’

By 11.44pm another tweet read: ‘Theres A Block Party On Church End/ Church Road Around 400 People Helicopter On Sight With Armed Police. 1 Arrest Made So Far.’

Another wrote: ‘Helicopters been flying over for 4 hrs now, fireworks been going off & this is round the corner from me. This is the hardest hit area for covid19 in london & this definitely isn’t social distancing.’ 

Others could not believe what was happening, as they blasted those who joined in the party.

One penned: ‘None of my friends would be stupid enough to go to a block party in the middle of a pandemic btw xx’ 

Another wrote: ‘Ive seen guest appearances, multiple fights, dance performance, fireworks, attempted lock off from the police all at this one block party? What sort of super celebration is this?’ 

Another tweeted: ‘I know this is a block party, but the amount of people there make it look like its a festival or sum.’ 

Shocking moment dozens of teenagers brawl on Hampstead Heath as lockdown eases before 50 police swarm the area making six arrests

by Darren Boyle for MailOnline 

Six people have been arrested following a brawl involving hundreds of youths on London’s Hampstead Heath.

Three van loads of police officers were deployed to the park at around 6.30pm on Tuesday to disperse the crowd.

A dispersal order is now in place for the heath and nearby Parliament Hill, the Met Police said, and the public have been told to stay away.

Six people have been arrested following a mass brawl on Hampstead Health in north London

At least 50 police officers arrived to disperse the group of teenagers on Hampstead Heath

At least 50 police officers arrived to disperse the group of teenagers on Hampstead Heath 

Jonathan Jones, who had been at the heath with his partner for exercise, estimated there were at least 50 officers at the scene.

He told the PA news agency: ‘On the way into the park, we heard and saw police car after police car and police vans streaming by.

‘We then got to the park entrance and three vans rolled in and there were a lot of police officers.’

Mr Jones said it wasn’t clear what had sparked the brawl but he saw two young girls being led away in handcuffs.

‘It looked as if the police were trying to break up a fight, and then at some point, it looks like someone was trying to go for one of the officers.’

Officers from Camden said they arrested a total of six people following the disturbance 

The Heath has been subjected to Section 35 dispersal order for the rest of the night

He added: ‘More police came really quickly, and they broke everything up, and then ordered everyone to leave the park.’

Met Police Camden tweeted: ‘A S35 dispersal order is in place for Hampstead Heath & Parliament Hill. Please don’t attend these locations.

‘We were called at 6.30pm to youths fighting in P’ment Hill.

‘Officers attended and the majority of people dispersed. No reported injuries and 6 people have been arrested.’ 

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