Fury as hundreds gather at 'organised' BOXING MATCH in middle of Birmingham park despite Covid rules

HUNDREDS of boozy students gathered at an "organised" boxing match in the middle of a park.

Footage showed large crowds of youngsters gathering for a party yesterday, despite Covid rules.

One clip posted online shows two young men sparring with boxing gloves as dozens of teenagers film.

Revellers formed a large ring around the fighters before running into the middle and jumping up and down.

They gathered in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, for an "organised party" on the hottest day of the year.

Hundreds of sun seekers broke the rules meaning six people can meet outside for the first time in months.

Brits are currently required to practice social distancing, avoid large gatherings and to "minimise travel".

But some partygoers are said to have travelled as far afield as London to attend an event dubbed 21 Degrees.

A flyer for the party, aimed at uni students, advertised "cocktails, music, rounders, football and water fights".


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Today saw a huge clean-up job at the park, with the grounds covered with beer bottles and plastic cups.

Local residents claim the party kicked off at 1pm and went on into the night with music and lighting gear.

Twitter user Rob Hopkins wrote: "To see a boxing match at Cannon Hill in Birmingham. Have you seen the mess after the people have gone home?"

Meanwhile, Jezz Charlie wrote: "These kids weren't taught anything about respect."

And critic Sean Jones blasted the crowds, calling them "F***ing idiots".

Extra cops have been drafted in to patrol the park today after fears of another mass gathering.

Superintendent Farooq Sheikh, of Birmingham East police, said: “We had officers at Cannon Hill Park yesterday following social posts suggesting that an organised gathering was planned.

“Officers initially found no breaches of coronavirus legislation, with people enjoying the weather in small, individual groups.

“Later on in the evening, the numbers increased and music and lighting equipment had been set up. We had a number of complaints from residents about traffic building up around the area.

“The crowds were good-natured and engaged with officers, and the park was all clear by 11.30pm.

“Officers did not need to issue any fines. We will have extra police officers in the area today who will be able to use our powers to quickly break up any gatherings that put people’s health at risk."

He added: "We want to reinforce that it is really important to remember that while people can now meet up with five other people outside, large-scale organised events are still against the law."


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