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Covid-19: Student defends lockdown-breaking snowball fight in Leeds

A university student has defended a snowball fight in Leeds which saw hundreds of young people break England’s lockdown rules, saying it was “a laugh people needed”.

The wintry gathering in Hyde Park on Thursday afternoon was organised on Facebook, but was widely criticised on social media amid concerns over coronavirus infections.

Footage shows many of those involved not appearing to social distance and the crowd was later dispersed by police.

Adam, a 20-year-old student who did not wish to give his second name, said students from various universities were involved and non-students also took part.

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