4th Jul, 2020

'You will face action' - West Mercia Police's warning over organising or attending illegal raves

A WARNING has gone out to people across Worcestershire and the wider West Mercia Police area not to organise or attend illegal raves.

Any events which do emerge will be robustly dealt with by officers with the organisers and attendees all facing arrest.

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Jones said she understood people’s frustrations about the current lockdown restrictions but stressed illegal raves were completely unacceptable and officers would use all their powers to prevent them from happening.

“We have comprehensive policing plans in place should a rave go ahead and anyone who attends could face the prospect of arrest and prosecution.

“I’d also ask anyone who is considering attending an illegal rave to remember that Covid-19 still presents a risk to our communities and attending a gathering like this poses a significant risk to those attending and their families’ wellbeing.”

And she urged anyone with any intelligence about an event taking place or anyone who sees suspicious activity taking place to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to help the force prevent them and ultimately stop any unnecessary spread of the virus.

The warning comes amidst a number of illegally held events around the country, including in Manchester and most recently, in Notting Hill, west London, in the early hours of this morning where there was a gathering of between 150 and 200 people.

Riot police were attacked as they were sent in to deal with the gathering.

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