Woodhouse Moor: Live updates as crowds return for second day of Hyde Park sunshine following Leeds machete incident
Crowds are returning to Woodhouse Moor as a second day of sunshine sizzles the Hyde Park area in Leeds
Leeds is expected to reach temperatures of 20 degrees again today after a baking day in the city on Tuesday - a day which brought hundreds of people down to Woodhouse Moor, raising concerns about social distancing.
The crowds also left behind scores of litter and a Leeds Council cleanup operation on Wednesday morning saw mountains of rubbish reclaimed by workers and a warning issued by the authority.
That comes as police have revealed two 17-year-old boys have been arrested after they were seriously injured in a stabbing in the park on Tuesday afternoon, as packed crowds reported seeing a 'machete chase'.
Follow the latest updates in our live blog here:
Leeds News Live: Updates as crowds return to Hyde Park for second day of sunshine
Last updated: Thursday, 01 April, 2021, 08:02
- Leeds expected to hit 20 degrees again with sun all day
- Crowds return to Woodhouse Moor
- Two teenagers seriously injured as 17-year-old boys arrested
“Seems very relaxed"
Pictures from Woodhouse Moor
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Crowds returning to Woodhouse Moor in Hyde Park
Woodhouse Moor is filling up at 2PM on Wednesday afternoon, but still a lot quieter than it was at its height yesterday - one student has just described it as “so quiet”. It’s mainly small groups that are well distanced.
Reporter Joe Cooper says: “I’ve seen two police officers here but they’re keeping a low profile.”
It seems that the mammoth crowds that packed out the park on Tuesday - leaving behind a trail of rubbish - are yet to resurface but we will be running live updates throughout the afternoon.
Meanwhile, a stabbing late on Tuesday night in the same park has seen two 17-year-olds arrested.
Two teenagers arrested after 17-year-old boys injured in machete attack
Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with a fight involving machetes on Woodhouse Moor in Leeds.
At around 8.15pm on Tuesday evening, police were called to reports of men being injured in the park after men had been seen with machetes.
Armed police and a police helicopter searched the park but no one was found with injuries and no suspects were identified.
Following this, two 17-year-olds went to hospital with serious injuries that, according to police, were consistent with having been attacked with weapons.
Both have been arrested on suspicion of affray and are still in hospital receiving treatment for injuries that are not considered to be life-threatening.
Police believe that the violence was targeted and involved people who were known to each other.
Around 200 people who had gathered in the park were dispersed by police officers who stayed in the Woodhouse Moor area after the machete reports.
Shocking pictures from Hyde Park in Leeds
These shocking pictures show the litter strewn across Hyde Park after a day of sun on Tuesday.
Crowds of people visited the park, in Woodhouse, on Tuesday, March 30 to enjoy the hottest day of the year so far.
Under current Covid-19 guidelines, six people or two households are allowed to meet outdoors.
However, the council has urged people to remember to adhere to Covid safe guidelines, such as social distancing.
The Health Secretary has warned Britons not to “blow it” ahead of what could be the UK’s hottest March day on record:
Met Office forecaster Alex Burkhill said it was a “possibility” that Wednesday’s temperatures could surpass the March record of 25.6C (78F), set in 1968 at Mepal in Cambridgeshire.
It comes as the mercury peaked at 24.5C (76.1F) at Kew Gardens in west London on Tuesday - the hottest March day in 53 years.People have been making the most of sunny conditions across England after Monday’s easing of coronavirus rules which means groups of up to six, or two households, are now able to socialise in parks and gardens while outdoor sports facilities can reopen.
But Health Secretary Matt Hancock issued a warning on Twitter on Tuesday evening, saying: “Let’s enjoy the sun but let’s do it safely.
We have come so far, don’t blow it now.”His comment comes after the Prime Minister said he hoped people would take advantage of the “beautiful weather” to play sport or exercise, while also emphasising the country should still “proceed with caution”.
Met Office forecast:
The Met Office forecast for Leeds is: A locally chilly start but dry and bright with periods of sunshine, sometimes hazy with some fair-weather cloud. Becoming very warm through the afternoon with light winds. Maximum temperature 21 °C.