Police called as people gather at Stonehenge despite advice

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Police called as people gather at Stonehenge despite advice
Police called as people gather at Stonehenge despite advice

Hundreds of people attended the summer solstice at Stonehenge despite official advice asking them not to travel to the site in line with Covid restrictions.

As a result English Heritage pulled a live feed of the sunrise at the neolithic monument in Wiltshire at 04:52 BST due to to safety concerns.

People were seen climbing over a low fence to access the stones.

Wiltshire Police said the event was peaceful but added the number of people at nearby Avebury had caused issues.

Thousands of people tuned in to the live stream for the solstice but ended up watching pre-recorded footage of the stones until the feed returned at around 05:00 BST, showing largely cloudy skies.

Video from the scene showed about a hundred people inside the stone circle and a banner reading “Standing for Stonehenge”.

Apologising for the outage, host Ed Shires said: “We have been disappointed that a number of people have chosen to disregard our request to not travel to the stones this morning and that is the reason why we haven’t been able to bring you the pictures that we would have liked to have done.

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