Police seized beer from revellers and brawls broke out again as Britons flocked to parks and beaches to enjoy a second consecutive day of record-breaking March heat.
Rowdy revellers in Hyde Park in Leeds burst into a heat-fuelled fist fight as they gathered on the grass in the sun today, as the mercury hit 75F (24C) in parts.
Meanwhile, hundreds of young people gathered at the Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham this afternoon with bottles of alcohol, despite officers saying yesterday that this would be seized from anyone entering parks in the city.
And the officers stuck to their word as officials clamped down on anti-social behaviour in the city after large crowds broke the rules at Nottingham’s Arboretum on Monday, brawling and leaving huge amounts of litter.
The Arboretum and another park in Nottingham were shut today after ‘appalling scenes’ of crowds there in recent days – while in Birmingham, the council suspended mowing in parks so they could focus on litter picking instead.
Revellers have been making the most of their newfound freedom this week after coronavirus restrictions were partially lifted on Monday, allowing up to six people or two households of any size to meet outdoors.
But many threw caution to the wind, with hundreds enjoying a sundown party on the beach in Brighton last night while seafronts, parks and promenades were packed in Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham and London.
Meanwhile a policing source with knowledge of discussions with Ministers on lockdown restrictions easing said the ‘rule of six’ was now virtually unenforceable because of the exception for two households to meet.
The source told the Daily Telegraph: ‘We made it very, very clear to Government that they have made it almost impossible to enforce the ‘rule of six’. It used to be relatively simple. As long as you can count to six, you can enforce it as seven is beyond the rule. Now you could have 26 people in a group, 13 from each household. That makes it very, very difficult. How do you prove that they don’t live in the same house?’
The biggest crowds appeared to be at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds, where hundreds of people gathered – and West Yorkshire Police warned they would ‘disperse groups of over six, using fines where appropriate to do so’.
Elsewhere in the region a 14-year-old boy died after getting into difficulty at a waterfall. He was spotted struggling in a pool at about 6pm yesterday below the Goit Stock Waterfall beauty spot at Cullingworth near Bradford.
And there was a major clean-up in parks and beaches today after people left behind mounds of litter including disposable barbecues, beer cans and takeaway boxes on the hottest March day in Britain for 53 years yesterday.
The hottest place in Britain by 2pm today was Weybourne in Norfolk which hit 74.5F (23.6C). This was 36.4F (20.2C) warmer than the coldest place in the UK at the same time, Dalwhinnie in the Highlands, with 38.1F (3.4C).
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick urged people to make the most the latest easing of lockdown restrictions in England in a ‘sensible, cautious’ manner, enjoying the sunshine but also being careful and sticking to the rules.
He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain today: ‘We’ve all waited a long time to meet family and friends outdoors with these very limited freedoms we have now. We just need to exercise caution and be sensible and pragmatic.
‘I think the vast majority of people will do that. They will enjoy the sunshine this week and over the Easter weekend, but they will do that in a sensible and cautious way.’
Mr Jenrick added that people should try ‘to be careful, sticking to the rules’, while Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted last night: ‘Let’s enjoy the sun but let’s do it safely. We have come so far, don’t blow it now.’
Their comments come 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’.
It comes amid a series of further coronavirus developments today after it emerged Britain’s daily death toll had halved in a week to 56 and more than half of people in England now have Covid-19 antibodies. These included:
- Hundreds of deaths and 31,000 infections have been linked to Covid exposure at work, the GMB union said;
- Four million people will no longer be asked to shield to protect themselves from Covid-19 as of tomorrow;
- The NHS said hundreds of patients are to benefit from at-home cancer care to reduce their risk of Covid-19;
- The travel corridor list could be more than doubled with no increase in health risk, Manchester Airport said;
- Germany is suspending the AstraZeneca jab for people under 60 due to fears of a link with rare blood clots;
- Malta said it planned to welcome British tourists from June 1 as long as they have had both vaccine doses.
Rowdy revellers in Hyde Park in Leeds burst into a heat-fuelled fist fight as they gathered on the grass in the sun today, as the mercury hit 75F (24C) in parts
Amazed onlookers watched – with some taking out camera phones – as the brawl broke out in Hyde Park, Leeds
Police officers confiscate and dispose of alcohol at the Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham this afternoon
Britons are seen enjoying the heat in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, today as Britain enjoyed another day of warm weather
Police officers were seen detaining a member of the public on Primrose Hill, London, as the mercury soared
Police officers were seen speaking to visitors in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, as Britons flocked outdoors
Government adviser Professor Mark Woolhouse from the University of Edinburgh warned last month that crowded beaches do not spread Covid-19, saying it was clear most transmission has happened indoors. Pictured: Britons in Leeds today
A man was seen driving a quad bike in the park in Birmingham as revellers flocked outdoors to enjoy the sun
Despite cases, hospitalisations and deaths all plunging to six month lows thanks to the vaccine roll-out, Ministers are concerned that infections could surge again if young people are too cavalier.
Warwick University viruses expert Professor Lawrence Young warned people mixing in parks could turbo-charge the spread of the virus, telling MailOnline today: ‘We all expect the rates of infection to increase when these restrictions are removed. That’s why we built gaps into the roadmap. But this (yesterday’s scenes) is a real worry.
‘What we’ve got is a serious situation where the younger population, who are responsible for the majority of the spread of the virus, are then mixing in parks. They think it’s OK to mix outside and you won’t get infected but if you are near someone who has the virus – is shedding the virus – then you are at risk.
‘The transmission of the virus is clearly reduced when you are in a well-ventilated space and the sun is shining, but if you are in close proximity with someone who is infected you could get infected too.’
It comes after government adviser Professor Mark Woolhouse from the University of Edinburgh warned last month that crowded beaches do not spread Covid-19, saying it was clear most transmission has happened indoors.
But Public Health England medical director Dr Yvonne Doyle warned people today: ‘As restrictions lift and the weather improves, we cannot drop our guard. We’re not out of the woods quite yet.
‘Until all of us are protected it remains essential to follow the steps we know stop the virus from spreading. Kill it by washing your hands, block it by wearing your mask, and maintain a safe social distance in the open air.’
Yesterday, Kew Gardens in South West London saw UK-high temperatures of 76.1F (24.5C), while the mercury reached a similar level across southern and eastern England with highs in many places of at least 73F (23C).
But they are likely to fall to 61F (16C) in the South East tomorrow then 52F (11C) on Good Friday – before more average conditions for the time of year and even snow in North Wales and northern England by Easter Monday.
BBC weather presenter Simon King said this morning of the sharp drop in temperatures over the next few days: ‘It’s like the Big Dipper of temperature forecasting. Some of you might even be sledging on Easter Monday.’
Yesterday was the second-warmest March day on record and the warmest in 53 years. With the heatwave due to continue today, the March record of 78.1F (25.6C), set at Mepal in Cambridgeshire, in 1968 could still be broken.
Police officers confiscate alcohol at the Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham this afternoon
Police officers talk to groups of people enjoying the warm weather at the Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham today
People on the beach at Barry Island in South Wales today as the UK enjoys unseasonably warm temperatures
People on the beach at Barry Island in South Wales this afternoon enjoying the warm weather
People enjoy the sunshine at Endcliffe Park in Sheffield this afternoon as the warm weather continues
A woman sunbathes on the beach at Brighton in East Sussex this afternoon as the warm conditions continue for England
Two women walk through a park in the Hyde Park area of Leeds this afternoon as the warm weather continues
A group of women enjoy a gathering in the sunshine this afternoon at a park in Selly Oak, Birmingham
A group of people play beach volleyball in Bournemouth this afternoon as Dorset continues to enjoy warm conditions
People walk along the promenade at Brighton this afternoon as sunseekers head to the East Sussex coast
Two women walk on the beach at Barry Island in South Wales this afternoon as the country continues to enjoy warm weather
Police on horseback patrol along Tynemouth Longsands beach in North Tyneside this afternoon
Two women play beach volleyball at Brighton this morning as the hot weather continues in the South of England
People enjoy the weather on Chalkwell beach in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, this afternoon
Two women enjoy sitting on the pebble beach at Brighton in East Sussex this afternoon as the hot weather continues
People play beach volleyball in Bournemouth this afternoon as the warm weather continues for southern England
People on the beach at Barry Island in South Wales today as the warm weather conditions continue in parts of the country
Police on horseback patrol along Tynemouth Longsands beach in North Tyneside this afternoon as the warmth continues
People on the beach at Barry Island in South Wales this afternoon as they make the most of the sunny weather
People gather on Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon to make the most of the warmth
People walk along the beach at Barry Island in South Wales today as temperatures remain high in parts of Britain
EARLIER THIS WEEK: Chaos yesterday as crowds gather and brawl at the Arboretum park in central Nottingham on Monday
Grahame Madge, a Met Office meterologist, said this morning: ‘There is a chance we could see our hottest March day on record today, we’re predicting a 10 per cent chance that it could happen.
‘There are a number of factors that may stop that happening, as it will be rather cloudy in places, which could develop into shower clouds, taking the heat away. But certainly it should be warmer than yesterday in some areas.’
How this month has brought Britain’s hottest March day in 53 years
- The top UK temperature for 2021 so far is 76.1F (24.5C) which was set at Kew Gardens in London yesterday
- This was the first time temperatures have exceeded 73F (23C) in March since 2012
- This was also the first time temperatures have exceeded 75F (24C) in March since 1968
- The all-time March record was March 29, 1968 when 78.1F (25.6C) was observed in Mepal, Cambridgeshire
- The warmest day of 2021 so far before yesterday was Monday with 68.7F (20.4C) in London and Essex
Mr Madge said temperatures of 76.5F (24.7C) were expected in London and the South East, while parts of central and eastern England and Wales should be around 68F (20C) to 72F (22C).
Nottingham has closed two of its parks after ‘appalling scenes’ of large crowds following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
City council leader councillor David Mellen said: ‘We have taken steps to prevent a repeat of the appalling scenes we witnessed at the Arboretum on Monday evening. Today, the Arboretum is closed along with Lenton Recreation Ground where similar problems arose.
‘We regret having to take this action, since everyone has been looking forward to the chance to visit our parks, now that easing of restrictions means we can meet up to six other people outdoors. Sadly, the actions of a thoughtless minority has spoilt that. We will keep the situation under review and hope to reopen parks as soon as possible. The Forest recreation ground remains open and is a larger, safer space where people can spread out more easily.
‘It is unacceptable and unsustainable for our already thinly-stretched crews to have to be redeployed from work in communities across our city to clear up mess left behind at our parks. We have added extra bins – and we implore people to take their rubbish away with them if these become full and dispose of it responsibly.
‘At our other parks, we have increased patrols of community protection officers who, along with police officers, will continue to rigorously enforce the ban on drinking in public spaces that’s in place across Nottingham.
Parts of Britain are experiencing very warm conditions for the time of year, with the possibility of 24C (75F) this afternoon
People enjoy the weather on Chalkwell beach in Essex this afternoon as the warmth continues in much of England
People paddle board in Southend today as Essex is among the counties enjoying warm weather conditions
People enjoy the heat at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham today one day after huge numbers of revellers gathered there
Members of the public enjoy the sun at Sefton Park in Liverpool this afternoon
People enjoy the sunshine at Endcliffe Park in Sheffield today, two days after lockdown restrictions were eased
Cyclists chat as they enjoy the warm weather at Box Hill in Surrey this afternoon
People enjoy the weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon as temperatures once again soar in the South
A laughing gas canister on the grass at Sefton Park in Liverpool this afternoon
People enjoy the afternoon as they meet up on the grass at Primrose Hill in North West London today
People enjoy the sunshine at Endcliffe Park in Sheffield today after the outdoor rule of six was brought back in on Monday
Police on horseback patrol along Tynemouth Longsands beach in North Tyneside this afternoon
People on the beach at Barry Island in South Wales this afternoon as temperatures remain high in many places
Police check on crowds gathering in the Hyde Park area of Leeds this afternoon following large gatherings there yesterday
Davy Henri juggles on a slackline at Endcliffe Park in Sheffield today as people make the most of the warm weather
People paddling in the water at the beach on Barry Island in South Wales this afternoon as they enjoy the warm weather
People sit on Primrose Hill in North West London enjoying an afternoon in the warm weather that continues in the South
People on the beach at Barry Island in South Wales today as temperatures continue to soar in parts of the country
People start to gather at Primrose Hill in North West London again this morning after busy scenes yesterday
People relax on the grass at Barry Island in South Wales today as temperatures get into the 70Fs for the second day in a row
People walk along the promenade at Brighton this afternoon as the country continues to enjoy warm temperatures
A police van is pictured in the background as people meet up at Primrose Hill in North West London this afternoon
A group sit together on Primrose Hill in North West London this afternoon as the warm weather continues
A man covers his face while sitting on a deckchair on the beach at Barry Island in South Wales this afternoon
People sit on deckchairs as they enjoy the warm weather on the beach at Brighton this afternoon
Warm weather at Whitmore Bay on Barry Island in South Wales today as the UK enjoys more unseasonably high temperatures
Natasha Jenkins enjoys the sunshine in Aberavon beach near Swansea in South Wales this afternoon
People relax on the grass at Barry Island in South Wales today as the warm weather conditions continue
People on the beach during the warm weather in Bournemouth today as they make the most of the conditions in Dorset
A group of four young women enjoy spending the afternoon at Primrose Hill in North West London today
An aerial view of Bournemouth beach this afternoon as people make the most of the continuing warm weather
Police patrol King Edward’s Bay in Tynemouth, North Tyneside, today after huge amounts of rubbish were left yesterday
Two women walk along the pebble beach in Brighton this morning as they make the most of the warm conditions
Groups of people sit on Primrose Hill in North West London this morning after the return of the outdoor rule of six on Monday
Two people sit on Brighton beach with the remains of West Pier seen in the background as they enjoy the weather today
Two women sit on the grass at Primrose Hill in North London today as they make the most of the warm conditions
People enjoy the sunshine and warmth on Brighton beach this morning as the hot weather continues in parts of England
Two young women go roller skating along the promenade at Brighton beach in East Sussex this afternoon
Paddleboarders enjoy the warm weather in Brighton today as people make the most of the sunshine in East Sussex
People sit on Primrose Hill in North London today as they enjoy the warm weather conditions in the capital
People sit on Brighton beach today as they make the most of the warm weather conditions in East Sussex
Groups of people relax on the grass at Primrose Hill in North West London today as the hot weather continues
A woman lies on the beach while looking at her phone during the warm weather in Brighton, East Sussex, this afternoon
People sit on Primrose Hill in North West London today as they enjoy the hot weather being experienced in England this week
People enjoy the warm weather at Brighton beach in East Sussex today against a backdrop of the old West Pier
‘None of this would be necessary if people took their own personal responsibility seriously, especially at a time when we need to be much more cautious in the way we behave and follow the gradual lifting of restrictions, if we are to hope to put this pandemic behind us.’
In North Tyneside, the picturesque Longsands Beach in Tynemouth was strewn with rubbish this morning after sunseekers flocked to the coast to enjoy the hot weather as temperatures soared to almost 68F (20C) in the area.
There were dismal scenes on the sands today – with cans, coffee cups and plastic bags scattered across the shore. One onlooker said: ‘It’s heartbreaking to see. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in our region.
‘We’re very lucky to have access to such a stunning coastline. It is so upsetting to see so much rubbish. People should have more respect for nature, and stay away, if they can’t clean up after themselves.’
Nicola Smith, 40, had planned to watch the sunrise with her eight-year-old daughter Leah, but instead of relaxing as the sky turned red, the pair began to clear the sands of litter left behind.
The health and social care worker said: ‘It’s absolutely awful. We got up at 5.45am as we wanted to enjoy the sunrise. But when we got here we just could not believe the amount of rubbish.
‘We decided to start picking up the litter instead. There’s so much. People have had barbecues and left behind beer bottles, clothes, shoes, even phone charges. You’ve got to be so careful where you tread. It’s just not safe. My daughter has been collecting rubbish for an hour and a half now.
A local resident clears up some of the huge amounts of rubbish left scattered over Primrose Hill in North West London today
Volunteers help clean up rubbish this morning which was left from yesterday at Woodhouse Moor in a student area of Leeds
Nicola Smith and her eight-year-old daughter Leah pick up rubbish left on Tynemouth Longsands beach this morning
Litter left at Endcliffe Park in Sheffield today after the warm weather and the easing of restrictions saw people congregating
Council workers clear up huge amounts of rubbish left scattered around Primrose Hill in North London this morning
Huge piles of litter at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds today after sunseekers congregated on the hottest day of the year so far
Rubbish is loaded onto a van this morning after litter was left at Greenwich Park in South East London this morning
Huge amounts of rubbish is left scattered around Primrose Hill in North London this morning after the record-breaking heat
People help pick up the mounds of rubbish left at Potters Fields Park next to Tower Bridge in London this morning
People clear up at Endcliffe Park in Sheffield today after yesterday’s warmth saw groups of people congregating
Litter left strewn across Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham this morning after revellers gathered there yesterday
Two people walk past a mound of rubbish at Primrose Hill in North West London this morning after yesterday’s gatherings
Council workers are left to clear up the mess today from yesterday’s mass gatherings at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds
Discarded rubbish left by beachgoers at Brighton in East Sussex is pictured today after the gatherings yesterday
Bins overflow with rubbish at Battersea Park in South West London today after yesterday’s record breaking warm weather
‘Lots of people are helping us. Locals don’t want to see it like this. I don’t know what the answer is.
Boy, 14, dies after getting into difficulty at waterfall
A 14-year-old boy has died after getting into difficulty at a waterfall in West Yorkshire yesterday.
The child was spotted struggling in a pool below Goit Stock Waterfall at Cullingworth near Bradford.
The picturesque cascade and pool is popular with wild water swimmers, but it is thought the teenager was taking a dip as temperatures reached 70F (21C) in the area in the first week of the Easter school holidays.
The child was spotted struggling in a pool below Goit Stock Waterfall at Cullingworth near Bradford, pictured above
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called just after 6pm yesterday to reports of a concern for safety at Goit Stock waterfall off Hallas Lane, Cullingworth. A 14-year-old male had entered the water.
‘Emergency services attended, including fire service, ambulance and underwater rescue teams and recovered a body from the water. There are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances and a file has been prepared for the coroner.’
‘I was here yesterday afternoon as well and there were large groups of people having barbecues. Probably the only thing that would help would be a complete alcohol ban on the beach.’
In London, a spokesman for Mayor Sadiq Khan said: ‘Londoners can now meet friends and family outdoors in a group of six or of two households, and are able to take part in outdoor sports activities, but it’s vital that everyone continues to follow the rules and social distancing measures.
‘People must remember to keep a two-metre distance apart from others, avoid sitting down in busy areas, and put their rubbish in bins or take it with them when they leave. Case numbers in London are still too high and it is important that when people enjoy the nice weather they continue to be cautious and follow the rules closely.’
In Birmingham, Adam Jones said he saw a ‘couple of thousand’ people convened in Cannon Hill Park while out walking with his girlfriend yesterday evening.
Mr Jones, 27, from Moseley in the city, said: ‘It has been noticeably busier since restrictions eased but yesterday was really busy.
‘While there was a fair few people in small groups respecting distancing, they were overshadowed by lots of big groups, sometimes up to 20/25 people, blaring music.
‘We did one lap of the park and by the time we were leaving it looked like a festival. How it looked this morning was disgraceful – so much rubbish that a council worker estimated it would take the whole team most of the day to clear.’
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.
Volunteers help clean up rubbish left from Woodhouse Moor in Leeds yesterday after hundreds of people gathered there
Disgraceful scenes on Tynemouth Longsands beach in North Tyneside this morning after beachgoers left behind rubbish
Council workers clearing up at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham this morning as the warm weather continues
Council workers clear up the mess this morning following yesterday’s mass gatherings at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds
A man carries a rubbish bag as he clears up litter left at Potters Fields Park next to Tower Bridge in London this morning
Rubbish left on Tynemouth Longsands beach in North Tyneside this morning after beachgoers enjoyed the heat yesterday
Rubbish left next to Tower Bridge in London this morning after revellers enjoyed the hot weather in the capital yesterday
A volunteer helps council workers clean up rubbish left from yesterday’s gatherings at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds
Rubbish is left on Tynemouth Longsands beach this morning after beachgoers enjoyed the hot weather yesterday
A man clears up rubbish at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham this morning after a gathering the day before
A man cleans up rubbish which has been left at Potters Fields Park next to Tower Bridge in London this morning
Council workers clearing up at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham today following the gatherings that took place yesterday
A council workers clear up huge amounts of rubbish left scattered around Primrose Hill in North London this morning
The clean-up at a park in Leeds this morning after hundreds of people gathered at Woodhouse Moor in the city
Rubbish piled up in the bins at Greenwich Park in South East London this morning after revellers gathered yesterday
Rubbish left at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham this morning one day after gatherings took place on the grass
Rubbish left at Potters Fields Park with City Hall in the background near Tower Bridge in London this morning
Council workers clearing up at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham this morning as the warm weather continues today
A pile of litter at Endcliffe Park in Sheffield after yesterday’s warm weather saw groups of people congregating in parks
A sign asking people to take their litter home at Holders Lane Playing Fields in Birmingham, pictured this morning
‘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.
‘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.’
In South Wales, police officers were injured amidst ‘despicable’ scenes in Cardiff Bay.
Crowds of people gathered in the Bay, near the steps of the Senedd Cymru, the Welsh Parliament building, and around Mermaid Quay yesterday evening.
Police patrol King Edward’s Bay in Tynemouth, North Tyneside this afternoon as the warm weather continues
Visitors to Battersea Park in South West London photograph blossom on trees during their morning walk today
Police patrol St James’s Park in Central London this morning as temperatures soar once again in the capital
Two people photograph blossom trees while visiting Battersea Park in South West London this morning
A runner at Holders Lane Playing Fields in Birmingham this morning as the warm weather continues for England today
Visitors to Battersea Park in South West London photograph blossom on trees during their morning walk today
A man and his dog make their way out of Portsmouth Harbour in a small boat this morning
Police patrol St James’s Park in Central London this morning as two people sit on a park bench
A swimmer trains in the early morning sunshine at the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park today
A park employee waters the flower beds at St James’s Park in Central London this morning
A family walk by cherry blossom at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham this morning as the warm weather continues
The sun rises on another unseasonably warm day in the Oxfordshire countryside at Dunsden this morning
Swimmers jump into the Serpentine at Hyde Park in London this morning as people make the most of the warm weather
The sun rises in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, this morning as the hot weather continues for much of England today
As police tried to move the groups along missiles were thrown and three officers suffered minor injuries. A knife was also found.
Beach bar is ordered to stop selling alcohol after punters queue for a pint
A beach bar was ordered to stop selling alcohol after punters queued for 40 minutes for a pint yesterday.
The first beers of the year were served at The Beach Bar on Cleethorpes Promenade in Lincolnshire on Monday, even though pubs remain closed in the third lockdown.
Thirsty customers enjoying the mini-heatwave queued to be served with an alcoholic drink, but North East Lincolnshire licensing officers then served a notice on the premises, ordering it to stop selling alcohol.
People queue for a drink at The Beach Bar on Cleethorpes Promenade in Lincolnshire yesterday before it was shut down
Angry owner Kash Pungi claimed his business was exempt and said he was not given a chance to explain when the regulation was served on him. He told Grimsby Live: ‘It is ridiculous. I will be going to court over this. They are making it harder for businesses in Cleethorpes that are just trying to provide a service. I have always worked with the council but this is making it harder.’
Demand for a pint was so high from people enjoying the heat that the landlord ran out of gas. Mr Pungi opened the roadside venue a year ago and has been shut down for most of that time due to coronavirus restrictions.
Bars and pubs remain shut, but he opened up this week as rules eased on Monday. He was operating a click and collect service where customers pre-order with a text message and insisted he was following regulations after taking advice from a licensing consultant.
Angry owner Kash Pungi claimed he was not given a chance to explain when the regulation was served on him yesterday
A spokesman from North East Lincolnshire Council said: ‘Following reports about a premises in Cleethorpes, we can confirm that Council officers took legal advice and have served a prohibition notice. This notice requires the premises to cease trading immediately, in line with current Government Covid legislation.’
The Government banned takeaway and click-and-collect alcohol sales from hospitality outlets in England at the start of the third lockdown in January, but this is expected to be allowed again from April 12.
A 21-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of public order offences and have since been released on bail.
The revellers in Cardiff were branded ‘disgraceful’ after leaving public areas covered in rubbish and debris, with a sea of litter surrounding the Senedd Cymru.
Empty beer cans, cigarette butts and takeaway detritus were strewn as far as the eye can see – with hardworking volunteers clearing it away.
Tim Corrigan, who runs a group of eco cafes called Milk&Sugar across the city, said: ‘We need to be better.’ He posted the video on social media, with the caption: ‘Wow.’
Yesterday, many in other areas also took advantage of the weather to bask in the sun at popular spots across the country.
Some of the most remarkable scenes yesterday took place in Woodhouse Moor, a park close to the main student area in Leeds.
Photographs showed hundreds of people gathered in the sunshine, with little sign of social distancing. One frustrated local said yesterday afternoon: ‘There’s hundreds here – literally hundreds.
‘People have barbecues going on. It’s really frustrating, to be honest.
‘I get it, it’s 20C (68F) and people want to enjoy the weather, but we’re literally a few weeks away from lockdown ending. Can they not just wait?’
After large crowds blatantly broke the rules on Monday night at Nottingham’s Arboretum, brawling and leaving huge amounts of litter, police in the city said alcohol would be seized from anyone entering parks.
An order was imposed giving officers the power to break up gatherings.
Furious city council leader David Mellen criticised people for ‘acting so thoughtlessly and recklessly’.
Mr Mellen said: ‘We have all made sacrifices over the last year to keep each other safe. Over 600 local people have died due to the virus.
‘We owe it to their families, to each other and to frontline workers not to jeopardise the strides we have made towards reducing the spread of Covid by acting so thoughtlessly and recklessly.
‘The road map is a cautious way out of this terrible situation and we all need to abide strictly to its rules.’
Meanwhile, there was concern in the West Country about visitors arriving from further afield in breach of ‘stay local’ guidance – and calls for rule-breakers to be reported to police.
Sally Everton, director of Visit Devon, said: ‘Coming up on the A30 [on Monday] all I saw was cars with surfboards on the roof. Either they’re going to get their surfboards waxed or serviced, or they’re looking for some waves.
‘I’m quite disappointed because people will flout the law. What we need is an enforcement notice from the Government to say that while people can move around, they should stay local and to still minimise travel.
‘If you know there’s somebody in their second home or there’s an Airbnb that has been occupied, we’d encourage them to report it to the police.’
Malcolm Bell, of Visit Cornwall, said: ‘When you look at the location of Cornwall, we wouldn’t be expecting anyone to travel more than an hour or so on a day trip. So it’s very difficult to see why someone could justify a trip.
‘We’d love to see people later in the year – and in the not too distant future – but for now please explore within an hour or so of where you live at a maximum.’
Met Office forecasters said temperatures today ‘could get close’ to the all-time figure, with 77F (25C) possible in isolated areas of the South East this afternoon.
Elsewhere, temperatures of up to 72F (22C) are likely to be widespread.
YESTERDAY: Revellers gather on the beach in Brighton last night as people flock to the Sussex coast to enjoy the warmth
YESTERDAY: People sit in the warm weather near Tower Bridge in London yesterday as temperatures hit the 70Fs in the capital
YESTERDAY: Revellers enjoy the hot weather at Cullercoats Bay in North Tyneside yesterday as they make the most of it
YESTERDAY: Londoners make the most of the heat at Primrose Hill in North West London yesterday as Covid restrictions ease
YESTERDAY: Primrose Hill in North London is seen from the air yesterday afternoon as groups gathered in huge numbers
YESTERDAY: Groups of people sit outside in the sunny weather at Greenwich Park in South East London yesterday
YESTERDAY: Hundreds of people flocked to Woodhouse Moor in Leeds yesterday as they made the most of the warm weather
YESTERDAY: Groups of people gather in the sunshine at Endcliffe Park in Sheffield yesterday to enjoy the warm weather
YESTERDAY: Young revellers gather at Cannon Hill Park near Edgbaston Cricket Club in Birmingham yesterday evening
YESTERDAY: People perch precariously close to the edge of Birling Gap in East Sussex yesterday as they head to the coastline
YESTERDAY: Hundreds of revellers celebrate the warmest day of the year outside the Welsh Parliament in Cardiff yesterday
YESTERDAY: Police officers were injured amidst shocking scenes in Cardiff Bay yesterday on the hottest day of the year so far
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today as he urged people to make the most the latest easing of restrictions in England in a ‘sensible, cautious’ manner, enjoying the sunshine but also being careful
However, Polar air is set arrive over the Easter weekend, with snow possible over the hills of north Wales and northern England by Easter Monday.
Butterflies enjoy their third ‘good year’ in a row
Butterflies enjoyed their third ‘good year’ in a row last year, experts say.
It is thought that warm weather and the fact more people were out enjoying local nature during the pandemic could be the reasons for more sightings of species such as the Large Blue.
Last year ranked as the tenth best for sightings since 1976 – according to an annual monitoring scheme run by charity Butterfly Conservation.
However researchers warned population levels of many species continue to be down compared with 40 years ago.
Met Office meteorologist Nicola Maxey said: ‘We are currently experiencing very warm conditions for the time of year. Today, we’re expecting 21C to 22C quite widely and the possibility of an isolated 24C.
‘We may even sneak 25C in places. The warmest areas are likely to be in the South East.’
But she added: ‘We will see a marked contrast from tomorrow. We could see a 10C temperature change in some areas. Carlisle is likely to be 17C (63F) today then 8C (46F) on Thursday.
‘The South East is due to hang onto the warm air so there could be some areas still recording 18C (64F) on Thursday.’
Miss Maxey said the wind direction is forecast to change from south-south westerly to Polar Maritime, bringing much cooler conditions and overnight frosts over the coming days.
Good Friday and Easter Saturday are likely to be mostly dry with sunny spells.
But temperatures should be closer to average for the time of year, in the low to mid-teens Celsius (50s Fahrenheit) in central and southern areas and high single figures Celsius (40s Fahrenheit) in northern England and Wales.
Through Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, winds are set to strengthen, with gusty conditions in northern and western England and Wales, gales in Scotland, and bands of rain.
Miss Maxey said: ‘We could see some of that rain falling as sleet and snow on high ground in North Wales, Cumbria, Northern England and Scotland above 400 metres (1,312ft).
Two Londoners sit in the sunshine at St James’s Park in March 1968 – the month which had the hottest March day on record
Londoners in the sun at Victoria Embankment Gardens on June 3, 1968 – three months after the hottest March day on record
‘In Cumbria on Easter Monday, it’s due to be 5C (41F) but is likely to feel like -2C (28F) due to wind chill.’
Parts of the central Pennines are not due to rise above freezing on Easter Monday, while even Birmingham is set to shiver at just 7C (45F).
Further south, temperatures of 48F (9C) to 50F (10C) are likely on Easter Monday.
Yesterday saw Wales record its hottest day of the year so far, with the mercury hitting 70.3F (21.3C) in Cardiff.
Northern Ireland also experienced its warmest day of the year with temperatures reaching 64.4F (18C) at Giant’s Causeway, while Scotland saw the mercury rise to 65.3F (18.5C) in Lossiemouth, Moray.
Moment knife-wielding thug charges at crowds during mass brawl after thousands flocked to Primrose Hill
A knife-wielding thug was caught on camera charging at crowds during a mass brawl after thousands flocked to London’s Primrose Hill on the warmest day of the year so far.
The mobile phone footage recorded in the North London park at around 6pm yesterday appeared to show one man rushing into the melee with a blade in hand.
Police were called to the scene and issued a Section 60 order in the area – giving officers the right to stop and search people without reasonable grounds in a specific area for a certain period of time.
The video filmed at Primrose Hill in North London appeared to show a man in a high-vis jacket rushing into the melee with a blade in hand
There were no reported injuries and enquiries are still ongoing. In a clip shared on social media a group of young men, who have covered their faces with hoods and motorbike helmets, can be seen caught up in a dispute.
The yobs square up to each other and begin to exchange blows as crowds rush to get out of the way. But one of the young men, wearing a high-vis jacket, appears to pull a knife as he lunges at rivals.
In apparent reaction to the blade being drawn, one man can be heard in the background saying: ‘Wow, wow, wow. F*** that s***.’ Then one group of brawlers appears to chase their opponents down the hill and through the crowds.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman told MailOnline: ‘Police were called at 5.50pm on Tuesday, March 30 to reports of a male armed with a knife behaving erratically at Primrose Hill Park.
The groups then charged through crowds during the mass brawl yesterday after thousands had flocked to the beauty spot in London
‘Police attended and a search of the area was conducted with no trace of the male being found. There were no reported injuries. Enquiries continue.
‘Anyone who witnessed this incident or has footage/images is asked to contact police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 6085/30MAR.
‘To remain anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers_uk.org. Section 60 has been authorised and officers remain in the area.’
The Section 60, which was in place until 3am this morning, gives officers the right to stop and search people without reasonable grounds in a specific area for a certain period of time, in a bid to curb anticipated violence.