Police were called to a memorial service after crowds of mourners gathered to pay their respects to a crash victim, despite the coronavirus lockdown.
Officers had to break up the group in Manchester yesterday, after they gathered to remember a local father who died on Wednesday.
Clive Pinnock, originally from Longsight, suffered serious injuries after his green Kawasaki motorcycle was hit by a black BMW near to the Tesco on Hyde Road, in Gorton.
The 38-year-old was taken to hospital, where he later died.
Crowds of mourners gathered in Gorton, Manchester, yesterday, pictured, to pay their respects to a local father killed in a bike crash
Mourners have left floral tributes and messages on a section of the road outside the supermarket in the days since the crash and a vigil – attended by a substantial number of people – was held yesterday.
Police were called following reports of disorder and asked the group to disperse. No arrests were made.
Superintendent Rebecca Boyce of Greater Manchester Police said: ‘People came together to form a vigil for a man who sadly died in Gorton.
‘My thoughts are with his family at this incredibly difficult time.
‘However, I appeal to the public to remain calm and to demonstrate respect for this man’s grieving family.
‘I would like to remind people that it is vital that the government’s guidelines are followed for the safety of our communities and I would encourage the people of Manchester to work with us during these challenging times.’
Police in Greater Manchester have revealed they attended 494 house parties and 166 street parties last weekend despite the ban on social gatherings
Police in Greater Manchester have revealed they were called out to 494 house parties over four days despite the coronavirus restrictions.
Between Saturday and Tuesday, officers also had to deal with 166 street parties, 122 group gatherings for sporting activities and 173 gatherings in parks.
Police said some of the house parties even had bouncy castles, DJs and fireworks.
The figures were released as an appeal was launched, involving various personalities in the region, urging people to stay at home over the forthcoming Easter weekend.
The latest government guidance says funerals and similar services should continue to take place during lockdown but that only members of the deceased person’s household, or close family members should attend.
All those who do go and pay their respects should continue to follow the social distancing rules and remain two metres apart at all times.
Clive Pinnock, pictured, was killed in the crash on Hyde Road, near a supermarket, on Wednesday
Mr Pinnock was a well-known and popular figure in Manchester and many people have paid tribute to him on social media.
Close family only, social distancing and no rituals: The latest guidance on funerals during lockdown
To help reduce the risk of spreading the infection, funeral directors and faith leaders are advised to restrict the number of mourners who attend funerals, so a safe distance of at least 2 metres (3 steps) can be maintained between individuals.
Only members of the deceased person’s household or close family members should attend funerals.
Any individual displaying symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend.
Those who do attend will need to adhere to social distancing at all times, including when travelling to and from the funeral.
In addition, the guidance advises that since there is a small but real risk of transmission from the body of a deceased person, mourners are strongly advised not to take part in any rituals or practices that bring them into close contact with the body of a person who has died from or with symptoms of Covid-19.
Practices that involve close personal contact with the deceased should only be carried out using the correct personal protective equipment (PPE).
His brother, Orreon, posted on Facebook: ‘Words can’t express right now how I am feeling and my family – Clive tho Clive.
‘RIP big brother, always always here till we meet again my big bro.
‘I love you so much just can’t believe we have lost a brother, and don’t worry mum and dad and all your kids are looked after.
‘Take care big bro, love CP brother.’
Friend Nicola told the Manchester Evening News: ‘Clive was an absolutely lovely guy, everyone that knew him loved him.
‘He was the life and soul of any party and would do anything for anyone and help them if he could.’
Another pal Marvin said: ‘I first met Clive when I was about 17. I saw him at a funeral a few weeks ago and chatted to him.
‘He was a funny guy, a bit of a character. Everybody knew him.’
A 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving in connection to the collision.
Greater Manchester Police continue to investigate and are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage to come forward.
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident 2163 of 08/04/20 or email email@example.com
Information can also be passed to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.