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Avon and Somerset police have criticised party-goers for putting public health at risk after more than 3,000 people attended a rave on a former airfield near Bath.

Police were first called to the unlicensed event just before midnight on Saturday and were still turning vehicles away at 6.40am on Sunday.

Chief Supt Ian Wylie said:

We’re working with neighbouring forces and other agencies including Bath and North East Somerset Council, highways and the ambulance service to close down this event in a controlled way and ensure those attending are able to disperse safely.

We’re sorry for the disruption caused to so many residents by the selfish actions of the organisers of this event and those attending, knowing the problems it would cause and the ongoing risk to public health of large gatherings due to Covid-19. We will take appropriate action against those responsible and would ask anyone with evidence which could help to get in touch.


Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron said they are willing to walk away from a summit of EU leaders, as they arrived at the third day of a long and acrimonious debate on the terms of a €750bn (£682bn) pandemic recovery fund.

With the EU split between northern and southern member states as well as eastern and western, France’s president and the German chancellor both indicated their patience was waning despite the need to respond to the economic recession facing the bloc.

“We are going into the third day of negotiations today and it is certainly the decisive one,” Merkel said. “At this point, we’ve properly worked through various issues including the size of the fund, how it is managed and also issues regarding the rule of law. I still can’t tell if there will be a solution.

“There’s lots of goodwill, but there are also many positions,” she added. “That’s why I will be among those pushing for an agreement, but it is also possible that there will be no result today.”

Arriving at the reconvened summit on Sunday, Macron told reporters: “I believe it is still possible. But these compromises, and I say it very clearly, will not be done at the expense of European ambition.”

French President Emmanuel Macron makes a statement to the media as he stands on a physical distancing marker on arrival for an EU summit in Brussels, Sunday, July 19, 2020.

French President Emmanuel Macron makes a statement to the media as he stands on a physical distancing marker on arrival for an EU summit in Brussels, Sunday, July 19, 2020. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP


The severe impact of Covid-19 on people from minority ethnic groups has been linked in Britain to air pollution and overcrowded and poor-standard homes by a study of 400 hospital patients.

It found patients from ethnic minorities were twice as likely as white patients to live in areas of environmental and housing deprivation, and that people from these areas were twice as likely to arrive at hospital with more severe coronavirus symptoms and to be admitted to intensive care units (ITU).

Minority ethnic groups were known to be disproportionately affected by Covid-19: they account for 34% of critically ill Covid-19 patients in the UK despite constituting 14% of the population. But the reasons for the disparity remain unclear.

The research is the first to examine the role of environmental and housing deprivation. Doctors praised the study but cautioned it has yet to be formally reviewed by other scientists and that additional, detailed studies in other areas are urgently needed.


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