SUNSEEKERS have been BANNED from city parks in Nottingham after boozed-up students sparked chaos during Monday's heatwave. 

Entrances at Lenton Recreation Ground and the Arboretum have been locked after huge crowds gathered to drink beers and dance as lockdown was eased.

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Boozy students started a fight in the sweltering 24C heat in the Arboretum and left litter strewn across the popular beauty spot. 

Revellers could then be seen spraying bottles of alcohol in the air – chanting and clapping as many joined in and danced in the centre of the madness.

Nottingham City Council today confirmed that both the Arboretum and Lentos Recreation Ground would be closed following the chaotic scenes. 


The council said in a statement: “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.”

The Council said they would “keep the situation under review” and would “hope to reopen the parks as soon as possible”. 

Meanwhile, police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping said cops would be confiscating alcohol from sunseekers attempting to get into the city’s Forest Recreation Ground.

He said: “Police think that if they can get on top of control over alcohol confiscation, and make the people holding it pour it away, then it will lead to better behaviour.”

It follows chaotic scenes in Nottingham on Monday after lockdown was eased and groups of up to six people allowed to meet outdoors.

One party-seeker, pulling his shirt over his nose as a make-shift mask, said: "Everyone is feeling happy again, and that's what's important."

Speaking about the crowded scenes, his friend added: "This is how it's meant to be."

Pals hugged and cheered in the sunshine on the first day of England's step out of lockdown – but seemingly failed to stick to the new Rule of Six.

Others were seen climbing trees in the Nottingham park, egged on by their groups of mates below.

And after a day of drinking, some of the revellers were seen weeing in bushes while others spewed empty cans, bottles and boxes on the grass. 

Standing with three pals in his bubble, one of the Brits in the park said: "As long as everyone's following the rules for Covid, it feels alright, with the Rule of Six, as long as we're in our six."

As of Monday, six people, or two full households, are allowed to meet outside – including in back gardens.

This is the first time in four months that groups of that size are legally allowed to meet up.

And the Government's "stay at home" rule has now been replaced with "stay local."

The Rule of Six has returned to let Brits meet up with six mates outside while outdoor sports are back on.

And Brits can even go inside other homes – but only briefly to use the toilet, get a drink or walk through to the garden. The same rule will apply to toilets when pub gardens reopen in April.

There are still rules in place – people must socially distance from each other, and meeting indoors is still banned.

Despite the latest step out of lockdown, holidays are banned, and anyone caught trying to leave the country for a non-essential reason faces a fine.

Outdoor sports facilities including golf courses, tennis and basketball courts and swimming pools can all open from March 29, although the Rule of Six still applies.

However, there's a loophole for this too – if the sport has been formally organised by a qualified instructor, club, company or charity, the gatherings limits don't apply.

Places of worship have remained open during the latest lockdown, but restrictions remain in place for Easter services.

Limits include that people "must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble".

Rules around funerals, which are allowed with 30 attendees and wakes with six attendees, also remain the same.

And there's good news for people hoping to get married. Weddings will no longer be limited to exceptional circumstances.

This means anyone wishing to tie the knot can do so with up to six attendees.

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