Police are breaking up the illegal rave that will bring 300 revelers in Huddersfield, while officials in Birmingham are being called to more than 70 parties: organizers will be fined £ 10,000 from next weekend
- Birmingham Police were called to more than 70 unlicensed meetings last night
- One in Northfield on the outskirts of town had two tents and a DJ
- Around 300 people attended an illegal rave in Deighton, Huddersfield, yesterday
- Rockets were thrown at the police after they arrived to disperse the crowd of parties
Rockets were pelted at police as they started a rave last night attended by 300 Huddersfield revelers as Birmingham officials were called to more than 70 parties last weekend before organizers fined £ 10,000 for preparation of the meetings had to reckon.
Missiles were fired at officers in Deighton, Huddersfield after attempting to break up a gathering of more than 300 people Saturday night.
In Birmingham, police were called to more than 70 parties – including one in Northfield, which included two tents and a DJ.
There were similar scenes last night in Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, where crowds gathered.
Reminding people of the need for social distancing, West Midlands Police tweeted, "Most people understand why we do this – stay safe – don't risk spreading the virus."
New powers will come into effect on Friday, so organizers of illegal raves can be fined.
Police were called to an illegal gathering in Northfield, near Birmingham, on Saturday
The Northfield rave was one of more than 70 reported gatherings in the West Midlands on Saturday evening – ahead of new fines that will go into effect next Friday
Individuals facilitating or organizing illegal raves, unlicensed music events, or other unlawful gatherings of 30 or more people may be fined £ 10,000.
Participants can still be fined £ 100, while for those who have already been fined, the amount is double for each offense, up to a maximum of £ 3,200.
The Metropolitan Police received information on more than 200 events across London in a single weekend and responded to more than 1,000 illegal events in the capital since late June.
The Huddersfield police broke up an illegal rave with around 300 people.
West Yorkshire police tweeted they had been called to the Deighton gathering where missiles were being thrown at officers.
Crowds gathered around a DJ booth last night, and tents were also set up at a meeting in Campbell Park in Milton Keynes
Police said the music was "quickly turned off" and the crowd dispersed, a move "that was met with applause from local residents."
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said new fines should be introduced for raves hosts when he announced further easing of England's lockdown last week.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “These gatherings are dangerous and those who organize them show an obvious disregard for the safety of others.
“I am pleased that the police have already stepped up their response and I am giving them the tools they need to continue protecting us.
"We will continue to take action against the small minority who believe they are above the law."
Police were called to more than 70 illegal gatherings in Birmingham and the West Midlands on Saturday night
The fines for not wearing face coverings that are required to do so will also be doubled for repeat offenders as of Friday, starting from £ 100 and up to a maximum of £ 3,200 for each repeat offense.
The National Police Chiefs' Council has warned that the armed forces in England and Wales will continue to step up patrols en route to the bank holiday weekend.
In worrying areas such as Leicester and Greater Manchester, the stakes were larger than on New Year's Eve.
Commander Ade Adelekan, director of unlicensed music events, said, “These events are being held without any concern for the safety of the attendees, and police have observed incidents of antisocial behavior, drug sales and gang activity.
“I strongly advise the organizers of these types of activities that you give serious thought to the risks you are creating for everyone in attendance and the wider community.
"There is a risk of prosecution for those who organize these events and equipment will be confiscated."