COUNCIL bosses have slammed the organisers of an 'illegal' and 'irresponsible' event which is due to take place in Locke Park.

The event is due to take place this weekend but under current coronavirus guidelines, which prevent large groups from meeting, the event is illegal.

A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “It's illegal to hold events at the moment. It's also irresponsible and undermines the hard work the people of Barnsley and our key workers are doing to get the borough through this.

“We're working with South Yorkshire Police on this issue, but we ask that you continue to follow guidance and keep yourselves and Barnsley safe.

“The persistent, stubborn Covid-19 rates in Barnsley are frustrating for everyone, but we all have a responsibility to do all we can to make sure we can move forward on our journey out of lockdown.”