Five police officers injured after dealing with 'large crowd' in Leeds during Bank Holiday Weekend

Five police officers have been injured after being called to disperse a crowd of people who had gathered in Leeds, breaching coronavirus restrictions.

Tuesday, 1st September 2020, 1:14 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st September 2020, 1:16 pm

West Yorkshire Police were called out to Potternewton on Sunday evening where a large crowd had gathered.

Five officers suffered minor injuries while trying to disperse the group.

It is one of several disturbances reported in Leeds over the Bank Holiday Weekend, where dispersal orders were put in place giving police extra powers to shut down illegal music events and large gatherings.

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Five police officers have been injured after being called to disperse a crowd of people who had gathered in Leeds

Police were called to a number of parties in Headingley and Burley on Saturday night into Sunday morning, with people fined £10,000 for their roles in organising events.

Officers seized £20,000 worth of music equipment from another event in Chapeltown.

A licensed event on Kitson Road was closed down on Sunday evening following reports that party-goers were breaching coronavirus restrictions.

However, the force has thanked the 'vast majority' of people in Leeds for complying with coronavirus regulations and said there were no major incidents reported over the weekend.

A licensed event on Kitson Road was closed down on Sunday evening (Photo: WYP)

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Kingsman of West Yorkshire Police, said:“This is normally a very busy time for the Force and I understand people being frustrated at not being able to enjoy themselves in the same way as they might have done in previous years.

“But major events would not only have breached restrictions – they could have put people’s health at risk too.

“That is why I am pleased that the extended weekend passed off without any major incidents – and I would like to thank the vast majority of residents for their understanding and patience who stayed at home and complied with the restrictions.”

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