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Police were called to Stonehenge after revellers gathered for the summer solstice, with a live feed for the event cut off.

Thousands of people were due to attend until the Government extended lockdown restrictions into next month.

However, around 100 people were pictured in the stone circle with a banner reading “Standing for Stonehenge”.

Thousands of people tuned in to English Heritage's Facebook and YouTube pages for the solstice and saw pre-recorded footage of the stones.

The live feed returned at around 5am showing largely cloudy skies.

Apologising for the outage, host Ed Shires said: "I must say we have been disappointed that a number of people have chosen to disregard our request to not travel to the stones this morning and that is the reason why we haven't been able to bring you the pictures that we would have liked to have done.

"It is disappointing to see that happen but unfortunately in those kind of situations we have to put the safety of our staff members first and that's why we have had some interruption this morning.

"We have been told by police that people have now been dispersed and the situation is under control."

The Daily Star has approached Avon and Somerset Police for comment.

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English Heritage did not elaborate on how the attendance of people at the site prevented them from showing a live feed of the sunrise.

Normally, up to 30,000 people would gather to watch the sun rise over the stones on the longest day of the year, but it was a virtual event for the second consecutive year.

On the summer solstice at Stonehenge when skies are clear, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone, the ancient entrance to the stone circle, and rays of sunlight are channelled into the centre of the monument.

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It is believed solstices have been celebrated at Stonehenge for thousands of years.

Mr Shires added: "I would like to apologise on behalf of myself and the English Heritage team for the difficulties that we have had this morning.

"It hasn't gone according to plan as you might have guessed by now. We've been doing our very best to bring you the kind of content we know that you wanted and we wanted to as well."

Separately, police closed off an area near Avebury stone circle over fears the restrictions at Stonehenge would lead people to gather there.

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