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Fights after lockdown force London park to shut for first time in 50 years

Footage of people fighting in Primrose Hill is one of the reasons the park has now had to be shut off
Footage of people fighting in Primrose Hill is one of the reasons the park has now had to be shut off (Picture: Triangle News/Getty)

Primrose Hill will be closed off overnight for the first time in decades after it became a hotbed of anti-social behaviour post-lockdown.

The north London park, near Camden Town, has attracted huge crowds recently with a minority getting drunk, brawling and urinating over the beauty spot.

Famous for its views of the London skyline, the green space is the only Royal Park not already locked at night and has been open 24 hours a day for the last 50 years.

It’s popular with a wide-section of society, including many celebrities who live nearby, such as Taylor Swift, Dominic Cooper and Lily James.

The move is being seen as a ‘circuit break’ before a permanent solution is found and involves metal fences blocking the entrances after 10pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Labour leader Keir Starmer, who is the area’s MP, has weighed in, slamming the ‘selfish minority’ for ruining the park for the rest of the community.

He said: ‘Primrose Hill is a fantastic green space, boasting one of the best views of the London skyline and we are very lucky to have it in Camden.

‘Many people have enjoyed meeting up with friends and family there as lockdown has eased.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: People socialise in the sunshine on Primrose Hill on April 4, 2021 in London, England. Earlier this week, the UK government eased rules on socialising, permitting groups of six people (or more if limited to two households) to meet outdoors. The latest lockdown measures were imposed at the end of last year to curb a surge in Covid-19 cases. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Crowds have flocked to Primrose Hill in north London post-lockdown (Picture: Getty Images)

‘However, serious anti-social behaviour from a selfish minority is taking a terrible toll on the surrounding community.’

Mr Starmer took part in a video call with residents recently in which the majority wanted the park locked, and agreed with the temporary gates closure.

But local resident Amy McKeown has started a petition against the gates, which has gained more than 1,100 signatories.

She said: ‘We want to tackle the current problems without resorting to constructing gates.

A SPATE of fights and brawls has caused the park where Bridget Jones was filmed to be locked up at night for the first time in decades. Primrose Hill is popular amongst the celebrities who live nearby, such as Taylor Swift, Dominic Cooper and Lily James. PIX: Shocking scenes show thugs including one man apparently armed with a knife clashing in broad daylight in Primrose Hill, north London as sunbathers look on in horror. TRIANGLE NEWS 0203 176 5581 // news@trianglenews.co.uk By Ralph Blackburn With video and pix A SPATE of fights and brawls has caused the park where Bridget Jones was filmed to be locked up at night for the first time in decades. Primrose Hill is popular amongst the celebrities who live nearby, such as Taylor Swift, Dominic Cooper and Lily James. The stunning views across London have proved a backdrop in the Bridget Jones series, Paddington and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Yet during lockdown a glut of thugs and Covidiots took over the picturesque park with fights, brawls and illegal raves. Shocking videos filmed recently show yobs beating a shirtless man with a crutch and gangs scrapping with knives.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer slammed the ‘selfish minority’ who are ruining the park for the rest of the community
A SPATE of fights and brawls has caused the park where Bridget Jones was filmed to be locked up at night for the first time in decades. Primrose Hill is popular amongst the celebrities who live nearby, such as Taylor Swift, Dominic Cooper and Lily James. PIX: Shocking scenes show thugs including one man apparently armed with a knife clashing in broad daylight in Primrose Hill, north London as sunbathers look on in horror. TRIANGLE NEWS 0203 176 5581 // news@trianglenews.co.uk By Ralph Blackburn With video and pix A SPATE of fights and brawls has caused the park where Bridget Jones was filmed to be locked up at night for the first time in decades. Primrose Hill is popular amongst the celebrities who live nearby, such as Taylor Swift, Dominic Cooper and Lily James. The stunning views across London have proved a backdrop in the Bridget Jones series, Paddington and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Yet during lockdown a glut of thugs and Covidiots took over the picturesque park with fights, brawls and illegal raves. Shocking videos filmed recently show yobs beating a shirtless man with a crutch and gangs scrapping with knives.
A man was beaten with crutches in the latest incident

‘We want positive encouragement of behaviour change rather than all losing the freedom to enjoy the hill day or night.

‘The suggestion of erecting gates and permanent closure of the park is disproportionate and unnecessary.’

Green spaces across the country have been over-run with revellers post-lockdown, particularly in the period where some socialising was allowed again but pubs were not yet open.

Videos filmed recently in Primrose Hill showed a shirtless man being beaten with a crutch and gangs scrapping with knives.

Editorial use only. No book cover usage. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Moviestore/Shutterstock (3785769k) Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason - 2004
The park has been the setting for many films, including Bridget Jones’ Diary (Picture: Shutterstock)

It’s a far-cry from the image of the park as seen in films including the Bridget Jones series, Paddington and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

The Royal Parks charity – which runs Primrose Hill and seven parks across London – said the temporary barriers will stop people entering late at night.

A spokesperson said: ‘We are continuing to work closely with the police in their duty of enforcing the law.

‘As a temporary measure to support them in breaking the current pattern of anti-social behaviour at Primrose Hill, we are trialling the installation of fencing at the park gates over the next few weekends, after the police have cleared the park.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Guy Bell/REX (11789778m) The police disperse groups at the top but say that they know that, as soon as they leave, that the party goers will come back - Crowds on Primrose Hill on the eve of children going back to school and the last day of full lockdown. Crowds on Primrose Hill on the eve of children going back to school and the last day of full lockdown., Primrose Hill, London, UK - 07 Mar 2021
Police say their resources are too stretched to crack down on all anti-social behaviour (Picture: REX)
?? Licensed to London News Pictures. 17/04/2021. London, UK. police patrol while members of the public making the most of the sunny weather in Primrose Hill, north London. Earlier this week Lockdown restrictions were eased to allow non essential retail and outdoor dining to reopen. Photo credit: Marcin Nowak/LNP
With summer approaching, it’s feared the problems are going to get worse (Picture: LNP)

‘This weekend the park will be closed from 10pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We will keep the situation under review.”

Inspector Paul Clarke, from Camden Police, said he understood that some people would be upset by this decision.

But, due to police resources being stretched, officers alone were unable to tackle the issues.

He said: ‘This has been a long running issue for local residents that needed a wider solution than just policing due to competing and more serious demands for our attendance that can come from across Camden and Islington.

‘The police have put a considerable amount of resources into trying to deal with the issues on Primrose Hill and these were unsustainable in the medium to long term due to the reopening of the night time economy as a result of the easing of Covid restrictions.’

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