West Midlands Police (WMP) have confirmed that they seized DJ equipment worth thousands of pounds after closing down a rave with more than 300 people as officers stopped around 80 illegal gatherings across the weekend.
WMP said that they took direct action to break up the unlawful music event on a car park in Hampton Street, Birmingham, after hundreds mixed and flouted COVID-19 regulations on Saturday evening.
WMP used their powers to take music and sound equipment from the event.
A police drone was also used to secure vital evidence against the organisers of the event.
A spokesperson for WMP confirmed that they are looking to take action against the event organisers and that they will be reviewing all footage to see if further offences have been committed.
During the evening, WMP also dispersed around 200 who gathered in Hadfield Close, also near Birmingham city centre.
Officers were also called to break up and advise on dozens of house and outdoor parties where there were illegal meetups of more than 30 people.
This included stepping in to move on large gatherings in Armoury Road, Small Heath and Wallace Road, Oldbury on Saturday; and land off Clifton Road, Erdington, on Friday night.
Chief Superintendent Claire Bell said:
“It’s hugely disappointing that people still don’t recognise the dangers to themselves, and their loved ones, of large gatherings which only increase the risk of spreading a deadly virus.
“Our officers took decisive action across the region, which included breaking up a rave with hundreds of people. We’ve seized the music equipment, and we’ll now be looking to prosecute the organisers as such events are reckless and put people’s health at risk.
“Raves and large parties are not only illegal but a nuisance to others, and while we try to engage as much as possible we can’t tolerate such events.”
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