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Illegal Rave Organisers Fined £10,000

Illegal Rave Organizers Fined £10,000 – Police received dozens of reports of illegal gatherings over the weekend and commenced issuing the primary fines after new rules in England penalizing organizers of illegal raves came into force.

Two organisers at a rave in Banwen, West Glamorgan, that attracted an estimated 3,000 people were handed fixed penalty notices for £10,000 on Sunday. Officers remained at the scene in to the night along side about 1,000 people, South Wales police said.

The force added that some music equipment had been removed after a neighborhood 63 notice was issued and variety of section 59 orders are issued for people using their vehicles in an anti-social manner.

Elsewhere, officers within the West Midlands, Essex, Norfolk and West Yorkshire addressed reports of unlicensed music events and therefore the flouting of lockdown restrictions at house and street parties, though most forces said they might seek to remind people of their responsibilities before imposing fines.

The restrictions, in situ since Friday, were prompted by repeated incidents of illegal raves during lockdown, which the house secretary, Priti Patel, said represented “the most serious breaches of social distancing restrictions”.

The rules leave the imposition of £10,000 fines on organisers and an initial fine of £100 for anyone who attends such events without a face covering, doubling with each offence to a maximum of £3,200.

In Norfolk police broke up an overnight illegal rave in Thetford forest where quite 500 people had gathered.

Dozens of officers, some holding protective shields, faced off with the revellers, and bottles and cans were thrown at officers as they entered the location .

Paramedics were also called to the scene following reports a person had become unwell. There didn’t appear to possess been any arrests and police dismantled the audio system .

Police within the West Midlands said that they had addressed about 90 reports from the general public about possible breaches of restrictions by Sunday morning, but that “we’ve not had to use our enforcement powers”.

The force said the weekend had thus far “been dominated by reports of house parties, instead of the really big gatherings we’ve seen earlier in recent weeks”.

West Yorkshire police said a person was arrested and fined after DJing at a street party on Wepener Mount, Harehills on Saturday. Five people at the gathering were fined.

Essex police seized thousands of pounds-worth of kit before an unlicensed music event the force said was thanks to happen in Harlow on Saturday afternoon.

The risk of coronavirus transmission tends to be lower outside than indoors, but raves pose specific risks, Dr Stephen Griffin, a virologist at the University of Leeds, said in June. “You’re exerting yourself, meaning that you simply have a better respiration rate; you’re in close proximity and you’ll are shooting up or drinking alcohol, meaning your awareness of physical distancing are going to be reduced.”

The Metropolitan Police Federation chairman, Ken Marsh, said the new rules “could be good for areas outside London, but it means absolutely nothing to us here”.

“People just found out a musical box within the middle of the road and say ‘it’s not mine’. It’s utter nonsense,” he said.

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Sources: The Guardian, Twitter

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