Oldham Council has condemned the illegal rave that took place at Daisy Nook on Saturday night, and thanked volunteers and staff for helping with the massive clean-up operation on Sunday.
Around 4,000 people had gone to the rave and a 20-year-old man passed away from what was understood to be a drugs overdose following the gathering.
A police investigation is now under way into the 'quarantine rave' - and the one which took place in Carrington on the same night.
The council say it wants to show a huge appreciation to the officers and volunteers that came together to clean up the disgusting mess that was left by revellers at Daisy Nook Country Park on Sunday, in the space of just a few hours.
Oldham Council Leader Sean Fielding said: “I’d just like to say our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young man who sadly died. The news coming out about some of the horrific events at the Daisy Nook rave is truly shocking.
“Gathering for an illegal rave at a local beauty spot is something that would be rightly condemned at any time for the danger it places people in and the mess that is left for others to clean up. Though for this to happen in the middle of a global coronavirus pandemic adds an entirely new dimension to how irresponsible and selfish this gathering was. Gathering in these numbers under these circumstances has put many more people at risk of harm than just those present.”
“I would like to extend my thanks to those local residents who volunteered with the clean-up effort. It shouldn’t be necessary for volunteers to give up their time picking up other people’s rubbish on a Sunday but it does provide reassurance that the majority of people out there are decent and responsible.”
“Oldham Council will be working with Tameside Council and Greater Manchester Police to follow up on any actions that are necessary in response to what happened.”
Anyone with footage of the event that could assist with police enquiries should send it to email@example.com for officers to review it.
Volunteers cleaning up the disgusting mess left by revellers attending the illegal rave.