Hundreds of people attended the summer solstice sunrise at Stonehenge – despite official advice asking them not to travel to the historic site in Wiltshire in line with Covid restrictions.
Just as the day was breaking people were seen climbing over a low fence to access the stones. As a result English Heritage pulled a livestream of the sunrise at the neolithic monument at around 4.50am due to safety concerns.
Thousands of people had logged on to the internet feed for the solstice, but ended up watching pre-recorded footage of the stones until the live broadcast returned just after 5am, showing no sun through the stones – only cloudy skies.
Wiltshire Police said the event was mainly peaceful although they reported a number of people at nearby Avebury had caused issues.
Video from the scene showed about a hundred people inside the stone circle and a banner which read “Standing for Stonehenge”.