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6,000 attend illegal raves – man dies of suspected overdose and 3 stabbed

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A man has died of a suspected drug overdose and three others were stabbed as thousands attended two illegal raves in Manchester on Saturday night.

The 20-year-old man had been at a large gathering of about 4,000 people in Oldham, according to Greater Manchester Police.

There were reports of three separate stabbings at another rave in nearby Carrington involving about 2,000 people, police said.

An 18-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries – and two other men, aged 25 and 26, were also injured.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, police said.

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Officers said they are also investigating the rape of an 18-year-old woman who attended the Carrington event.

Police were met with violence from participants at the party, with items thrown and a police car vandalised.

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No further incidents were reported at the Oldham rave, which took place in Daisy Nook Country Park.

Footage posted on Snapchat showed a large crowd of people crammed around a stage and flouting the two-metre social distancing rules.

And on Sunday morning, the park was littered with an "atrocious" amount of rubbish, according to volunteers who cleaned it.

Image: Snapchat maps showed where one of the raves took place

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Sykes said: "We are aware of two large raves that took place in Carrington and Droylsden last night.

"These raves were illegal and I condemn them taking place – they were clearly a breach of coronavirus legislation and guidelines, and have had tragic consequences."

He said the emergency services experienced a "surge in emergency calls", withRead More – Source