The party's over: Newcastle stragglers sink their final pints before curfew

Hundreds of revellers hit the town in Newcastle tonight to sink their final pints before a 10pm curfew, meanwhile partygoers in Leeds are making the most of what could be their final weekend of freedom as the city teeters on the brink of its own lockdown.  

Students and young people appeared undeterred by the new early curfew as they flocked to Big Market - a popular area with bars and pubs in Newcastle - in the early evening and knocked back drinks.

Young women were pictured laughing and saying cheers with their final pints before being kicked out by bar staff at 10pm. Some revellers were clearly not done with the night's partying and were seen picking up booze from local convenience stores after the pubs shut up shop.

Police officers were pictured surveying empty streets as partygoers headed home and the city centre became eerily quiet for a Friday night. 

Meanwhile in Leeds people took to the streets in droves as the city faces its own lockdown after a surge in coronavirus cases. Groups of people gathered in the city centre and queued for bars, as bouncers used temperature guns on patrons as part of new safety measures.

Tough new restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus were announced for the North East of England last night, ahead of further rules which were unveiled today across parts of the North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire.  

The latest measures, which include a 10pm curfew on pubs and bars, will affect Newcastle, Gateshead, , Northumberland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and County Durham from tonight. 

A group of eight people gather in Newcastle city centre as bars closed at 10pm last night and curfew rules were introduced

A group of eight people gather in Newcastle city centre as bars closed at 10pm last night and curfew rules were introduced

Newcastle students outside a bar in the city centre getting ready to head home as a curfew comes into effect at 10pm

Newcastle students outside a bar in the city centre getting ready to head home as a curfew comes into effect at 10pm

Police officers survey the normally heaving Big Market area of Newcastle. Pubs are closing at 10pm due to a new localised lockdown to battle the pandemic

Police officers survey the normally heaving Big Market area of Newcastle. Pubs are closing at 10pm due to a new localised lockdown to battle the pandemic

Staff pictured clearing away glasses in Newcastle as the pubs and bars closed up at 10pm as part of new lockdown measures

Staff pictured clearing away glasses in Newcastle as the pubs and bars closed up at 10pm as part of new lockdown measures

Drinkers in Newcastle were booted out of the pub at 10pm as the city gets used to its newly imposed lockdown

Drinkers in Newcastle were booted out of the pub at 10pm as the city gets used to its newly imposed lockdown

Three revellers pose for a photograph in Newcastle city centre as bars closed at 10pm last night under new curfew rules

Three revellers pose for a photograph in Newcastle city centre as bars closed at 10pm last night under new curfew rules

Drinkers raise their glasses and cheers as they enjoy the last pint of the evening before the curfew comes into force at 10pm

Drinkers raise their glasses and cheers as they enjoy the last pint of the evening before the curfew comes into force at 10pm

Drinkers dressed up to hit the town are forced to leave early as bars and pubs close their doors at 10pm in Newcastle

Drinkers dressed up to hit the town are forced to leave early as bars and pubs close their doors at 10pm in Newcastle

Revellers still had a great time in Newcastle city centre despite the curfew in place at 10pm tonight

Revellers still had a great time in Newcastle city centre despite the curfew in place at 10pm tonight

Similar lockdown measures will then come into force in Lancashire, Merseyside, Warrington, Halton, Wolverhampton, Oadby & Wigston, and parts of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale from Tuesday.

Residents in these areas are banned from socialising in homes or gardens with people outside their household or 'bubble' and food and drink venues are restricted to table service only. Restaurants, bars and pubs will have to close between 10pm and 5am.  

Drinkers last night flocked to watering holes across the North East for a final night of carnage after Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the region would be hit by a 10pm curfew on pubs and bars starting tonight.

Those in Newcastle, where 40,000 university students are expected to return in the coming days, were photographed in close proximity outside busy clubs and bars despite the growing numbers of Covid-19 cases in the area.

Similar scenes were spotted in Leeds last night, as rising numbers of infections in the city prompted warnings the it may soon head in the same direction as other parts of West Yorkshire with additional restrictions. 

A group of revellers gather in Newcastle city centre as bars closed at 10pm last night due to new curfew rules

A group of revellers gather in Newcastle city centre as bars closed at 10pm last night due to new curfew rules

Two men pictured in Newcastle last night as bars closed at 10pm after the Government put the North East into lockdown

Two men pictured in Newcastle last night as bars closed at 10pm after the Government put the North East into lockdown

A couple head home in Newcastle after the bars and clubs closed at 10pm this evening as part of a new local curfew

A couple head home in Newcastle after the bars and clubs closed at 10pm this evening as part of a new local curfew

Three friends joke around as they leave a pub in Newcastle this evening. The new curfew in the city has been imposed by the government after a rise in coronavirus cases

Three friends joke around as they leave a pub in Newcastle this evening. The new curfew in the city has been imposed by the government after a rise in coronavirus cases

Young people enjoyed a night out in Newcastle tonight, but it was enjoyed at 10pm due to a newly imposed curfew

Young people enjoyed a night out in Newcastle tonight, but it was enjoyed at 10pm due to a newly imposed curfew

A police officer is seen patrolling the area in Newcastle city centre after bars closed at 10pm last night as part of a new curfew

A police officer is seen patrolling the area in Newcastle city centre after bars closed at 10pm last night as part of a new curfew

Students and young people went out in Newcastle city centre to enjoy the pubs and bars before the 10pm curfew

Students and young people went out in Newcastle city centre to enjoy the pubs and bars before the 10pm curfew

A group of four revellers pose for a photograph in Newcastle city centre as the Government put the North East into lockdown

A group of four revellers pose for a photograph in Newcastle city centre as the Government put the North East into lockdown

Three revellers head home as bars closed at 10pm last night in Newcastle city centre following new curfew rules

Three revellers head home as bars closed at 10pm last night in Newcastle city centre following new curfew rules

Police officers wearing face masks were out in force in Newcastle city centre as bars closed at 10pm last night

Police officers wearing face masks were out in force in Newcastle city centre as bars closed at 10pm last night

Leeds recorded its highest ever daily increase of Covid-19 cases yesterday, with the city confirming a further 117 infections. The largest rise ahead of this figure was reported on April 22, when 109 cases were detected. 

The streets were also busy in Birmingham last night as university students moved back to the city - despite households in the area having been banned from mixing following a spike in coronavirus cases last week.

Those in the city and neighbouring areas Sandwell and Solihull are not permitted to meet others outside their household or social bubble under the rules, either indoors or in private gardens. 

Birmingham had seen its infection rate more than double to 90.3 cases per 100,000 ahead of the measures, which affect more than 1.6 million people in total.

The increased measures, which were announced today across parts of the North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire, will mean a total of 12million people are now under lockdown restrictions across Britain. 

It comes as Mr Hancock today admitted that a new national crackdown is on the cards as he warned infections are 'accelerating across the country' and more people will die due to the pandemic.

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The Health Secretary pleaded with the public to 'come together to tackle this virus' as ministers consider imposing draconian restrictions for a fortnight in a 'circuit break' to stop the spread.

The move could come as soon as next week, with pubs, restaurants and hotels across Britain facing being shut to prevent 'significant' casualties.

Revellers also headed out tonight in Leeds which does not currently have a local lockdown, but is at risk of one being imposed after a rise in Covid-19 cases

Revellers also headed out tonight in Leeds which does not currently have a local lockdown, but is at risk of one being imposed after a rise in Covid-19 cases

A doorman in Leeds uses a temperature reader on a patron as people queue up to head to bars in the city centre tonight

A doorman in Leeds uses a temperature reader on a patron as people queue up to head to bars in the city centre tonight

Crowds of young people queue up to go into a bar in Leeds as people took the opportunity to let their hair down

Crowds of young people queue up to go into a bar in Leeds as people took the opportunity to let their hair down

Speaking today, Mr Hancock said a national lockdown was the 'last line

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