Manchester Police worker who attended 'quarantine rave' quits job

Female Manchester Police worker who attended illegal ‘quarantine rave’ during lockdown where man died of drug overdose quits her job before ‘gross misconduct’ hearing

  • Greater Manchester Police employee attended a rave defying Covid restrictions 
  • The illegal rave saw 4,000 attend Daisy Nook Country Park, Failsworth, June 13
  • Disciplinary hearing was brought against the unnamed employee who resigned

A civilian member of the Greater Manchester Police force resigned after she was found to have attended an illegal lockdown rave. 

The staff member was caught defying Covid restrictions by attending an illegal rave with 4,000 others at Daisy Nook Country Park in Failsworth, Greater Manchester, on June 13.

A disciplinary hearing for ‘gross misconduct’ was brought against the unnamed employee, who resigned before it could take place on December 15. 

The rave saw thousands descended on the Park, in the biggest of three illegal ‘lockdown raves’ held that weekend in Greater Manchester and Leeds.

Joe Robinson, 20, collapsed and died the following day of a suspected drug overdose after attending the Daisy Nook rave, Greater Manchester Police said.    

Three people were stabbed and one young woman was raped at another lockdown rave at Carrington, Trafford, Greater Manchester, on the same night – an event attended by up to 2,000 and described as ‘wild’ by senior police.

The following week about 200 people attended another lockdown event in a car park in Moss Side, south Manchester, which ended with two people being shot dead.

Cheriff Tall, 21, and Abayomi Ajose, 36, were both shot in the head from close range.

Crowds pack together at the rave at Daisy Nook Country Park in Failsworth, Greater Manchester, on June 13

The rave saw thousands descended on the Park, in the biggest of three illegal ‘lockdown raves’ held that weekend

Later in the evening an unknown member of the public is seen wearing a balaclava at the rave

Police put significant resources into stamping out a series of illegal lockdown raves during the summer, and the biggest was at Daisy Nook Country Park.

A disciplinary panel decided the Greater Manchester Police employee who attended it – a civilian worker and not a police officer – who would have been allowed to stay in the force with a ‘final written warning’ had they still been employed.

Brief details of the case emerged on a recently-published list of ‘disciplinary outcomes’ posted on the force’s website.

Neither the name nor the sex of the member of staff were revealed in the document although the Manchester Evening News reports it was a female employee and the breach was uncovered some time later.

The force said it was too busy to provide more details about the case and a number of other disciplinary cases referred to in the document when asked.

The document reveals details of other disciplinary ‘outcomes’. 

The gathering was one of three illegal raves to take place in Greater Manchester and Leeds on June 13 and 14 

The aftermath of an illegal ‘quarantine rave’ in Daisy Nook Country Park, Oldham. Joe Robinson, 20, collapsed at the rave on June 13 and died the following day

The aftermath shows the park ground covered with laughing gas cylinders and balloons

A constable was dismissed without notice for sending ‘sexualised messages’ to a female colleague on WhatsApp. The messages ‘amounted to sexual harassment’, according to the document.

An inspector found to have used ‘inappropriate sexualised language’ towards a junior female officer was handed a final written warning.

Another member of police staff was given a final written warning after receiving a caution for a section 39 assault committed whilst off duty.

A sergeant escaped with a final written warning for spitting at a male suspect who was being detained.

A civilian worker was dismissed without notice for ‘inappropriate’ contact with a child aged 13 on Instagram and Snapchat.

A constable was handed a final written warning after they ‘failed to take appropriate action to address positive lines of enquiry in a criminal investigation’.

Stills from the a video taken at the rave show enthusiastic party-goers defying social distancing and all Covid restrictions

Ravers are seen in close contact with no regard for the spread of Covid at the rave 

Another constable was given ‘management advice’ for pushing a youth to the floor.

Disciplinary proceedings against another constable, accused of using excessive force while handcuffing a motorist for having no insurance, were stayed because of delays in bringing the case, according to the document.

A member of police staff was handed a final written warning after they had received a caution for taking a colleague’s pedal bike without their consent.

Another civilian worker was given a final written warning after they tested positive steroids, a class C drug.

A constable was given a final written warning following allegations the officer used excessive force at three separate incidents.

A civilian member of staff who failed to accurately log their working hours ‘for financial gain’ was given a final written warning.

Asked why some officers were dismissed and others given warnings, a statement from GMP said: ‘GMP follows national guidance on police misconduct procedures set by the College of Policing.

‘The college published the guidance in 2017 to increase fairness and proportionality in cases.

‘GMP follows this guidance to inform the approach taken by panels and chairpersons to determine outcomes in police misconduct proceedings.’

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