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Coronavirus Wales: Hundreds attend 36 hour illegal rave party


Police have warned the 400 ravers, who are still at the site of a huge illegal lockdown party near a Welsh village, to leave the house when it gets dark or when arrested.

This weekend around 3,000 night owls came to a forest area near the village of Banwen.

Around 70 South Wales police officers, assisted by Dyfed-Powys Police and the UK Traffic Police, were called into the woods to carry out a dissemination order – but hundreds remain there today.

Police say they will take “proactive and positive action” if the die-hard partiers don't leave.

Around 70 South Wales police officers, including mounted officers (pictured), carried out a dissemination warrant at an illegal rave in the forest near the Welsh village of Banwen

It is still believed that at least 400 people attended the illegal lockdown rave near the Welsh village of Banwen

It is still believed that at least 400 people attended the illegal lockdown rave near the Welsh village of Banwen

The audio equipment was also confiscated (pictured), but hundreds of the ravers have refused to leave the area

The audio equipment was also confiscated (pictured), but hundreds of the ravers have refused to leave the area

The ravers have been at the illegal party for more than a day after arriving in the area 36 hours ago

The ravers have been at the illegal party for more than a day after arriving in the area 36 hours ago

Sound equipment has also been confiscated from the site, but hundreds of the ravers have refused to leave the area.

Eight people were summoned to court, which could result in a fine of up to £ 10,000.

South Wales Police Department Deputy Chief David Thorne said police are having difficulty removing people from the 4,000-acre site normally used for rally car races.

"If 3,000 people have to enforce a dissemination order, it becomes a massive problem," he said.

“Even with the resources we were able to provide in the short term, it wasn't enough to safely move people faster.

The illegal ravers had their lockdown party set up on 4,000 acres of land normally used for rally car races

The illegal ravers had their lockdown party set up on 4,000 acres of land normally used for rally car races

Eight people were summoned to court, which could result in a fine of up to £ 10,000

Eight people were summoned to court, which could result in a fine of up to £ 10,000

Locals have already voiced complaints about the illegal music festival after trash was disposed of and ravers emptied for lack of toilets on the site

Locals have already voiced complaints about the illegal music festival after trash was disposed of and ravers emptied for lack of toilets on the site

"The fact that we now have fewer people with the officers that we have available will take proactive and positive action if people don't heed the diffusion notice."

Fixed charges were issued for parking violations, with some vehicles being towed away.

The ravers, who have previously refused to leave, have been warned to continue if dark or if face arrests.

Locals have already voiced complaints about the illegal music festival after garbage was dumped and ravers emptied over the site.

Mr. Thorne said, “We think this is completely irresponsible and disrespectful to the local communities.

A young couple from Hereford are resting in the back of their van at the site of an illegal rave today

A young couple from Hereford are resting in the back of their van at the site of an illegal rave today

The ravers, who have previously refused to leave, have been warned to continue if dark or if face arrests

The ravers, who have previously refused to leave, have been warned to continue if dark or if face arrests

A group of ravers attending an illegal lockdown party in the woods near the Welsh village of Banwen 36 hours after arriving

A group of ravers attending an illegal lockdown party in the woods near the Welsh village of Banwen 36 hours after arriving

“We believe those in attendance were from all over the UK – many of them traveled hundreds of miles to get here so that it wasn't by accident.

"This is planned and possibly planned for a while, but unfortunately they were able to plan this under the radar so none of the authorities knew about it."

He added that the illegal ravers were not hostile to his officers and were just self-interested people who were intent on having a good time.

"The fact is," he said, "it's illegal and it harasses and disrupts local communities, so we can't let that happen."

South Wales Police Deputy Chief David Thorne said the ravers were not hostile to the cops who were trying to get them anywhere

South Wales Police Deputy Chief David Thorne said the ravers were not hostile to the cops who were trying to get them anywhere

Police officers speak to one of the partygoers at the location of an illegal lockdown rave today

Police officers speak to one of the partygoers at the location of an illegal lockdown rave today

Thorne also said the illegal party did not happen by accident, as police believe the participants came from across the UK

Thorne also said the illegal party did not happen by accident, as police believe the participants came from across the UK

Elsewhere, noisy revelers faced a line of shielded police officers in a Norfolk forest last night after authorities tried to end their 500-person rave.

A crowd of cops wearing helmets and reflective vests moved in to end the "well-established and planned" nightly, unlicensed music event in Thetford Forest.

A raver appeared to be trying to rip a shield from an officer while others raised their middle fingers when their party – police believe it should be held over the long weekend – shut down.

Some people threw bottles and cans at officers when they tried to intervene.

It comes after new rules against mass gatherings went into effect on Friday, resulting in fines of £ 90,000 worth by Sunday evening.

Rowdy revelers confronted a number of police officers with shields in a Norfolk forest after authorities tried to end their 500-person rave

Rowdy revelers confronted a number of police officers with shields in a Norfolk forest after authorities tried to end their 500-person rave

A raver appeared to be trying to snatch a protective shield from an officer in Thetford Forest

A raver appeared to be trying to snatch a protective shield from an officer in Thetford Forest

A crowd of cops wearing helmets and reflective vests moved in to end the "well-established and planned" nightly, unlicensed music event in Thetford Forest

A crowd of cops wearing helmets and reflective vests moved in to end the "well-established and planned" nightly, unlicensed music event in Thetford Forest

Norfolk Police described the organization of a large gathering in Thetford Forest, which began late Saturday evening, as "extremely disappointing". Pictured: Police are trying to cancel the event

Norfolk Police described the organization of a large gathering in Thetford Forest, which began late Saturday evening, as "extremely disappointing". Pictured: Police are trying to cancel the event

The regulations, enacted before the bank holiday weekend, give the police the power to impose fines of £ 10,000.

Earlier, West Yorkshire Police said eight people were fined £ 10,000 after several parties in Headingley and Burley on Saturday and well into the wee hours of Sunday morning.

A man was fined £ 10,000 for a Headingley house party. Another gathering in the same area resulted in four people being hit with the enormous fee, Sky News reports.

Two DJs were fined £ 10,000 each in Burley.

Jeremy Corbyn's brother Piers was handed the first £ 10,000 fine in London for an illegal gathering after organizing a march claiming coronavirus was a hoax.

The 73-year-old meteorologist led more than 10,000 anti-lockdown protesters at the Unite for Freedom rally in Trafalgar Square on Saturday.

Mr Corbyn, the former Labor leader's older brother, was picked up by officials after the incident and his Twitter account has since confirmed that he was fined the whopping and "detained for ten hours".

The force (officers pictured at the event) said they would need to dedicate additional resources to end the event

The force (officers pictured at the event) said they would need to dedicate additional resources to end the event

Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Davison, who heads the Norfolk Police operation, said a drone squad, dogs, the National Police Air Service helicopter and specially trained public order officers were all in a remote area of ​​Thetford Forest (pictured) been stationed near the English cultural heritage Grimes Graves

Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Davison, who heads the Norfolk Police operation, said a drone squad, dogs, the National Police Air Service helicopter and specially trained public order officers were all in a remote area of ​​Thetford Forest (pictured) been stationed near the English cultural heritage Grimes Graves

A night owl puts his hands in front of the riot police at the site of an illegal rave in Thetford Forest

A night owl puts his hands in front of the riot police at the site of an illegal rave in Thetford Forest

He said it was clear that the "well established and planned event" (revelers pictured) should continue through Monday and the force was working to "close the event in a controlled manner and keep those present and our officers safe in." Invoice & # 39;

He said it was clear that the "well established and planned event" (revelers pictured) should continue through Monday and the force was working to "close the event in a controlled manner and keep those present and our officers safe in." Invoice & # 39;

At the site of the alleged illegal rave in Thetford Forest, the night owls clash with the riot police

At the site of the alleged illegal rave in Thetford Forest, the night owls clash with the riot police

A night owl clears up trash in front of riot police while officers in Thetford Forest hold up their shields

A night owl clears up trash in front of riot police while officers in Thetford Forest hold up their shields

Police officers are seen near the site of the alleged illegal rave in Norfolk

Police officers are seen near the site of the alleged illegal rave in Norfolk

A large group of riot police, wearing helmets and warning jackets and clutching protective shields, moved in

A large group of riot police, wearing helmets and warning jackets and clutching protective shields, moved in

Meanwhile, ravers from across the UK are believed to have traveled to an illegal event in Wales that attracted up to 3,000 people.

Officials are on the ground in Banwen, Neath Port Talbot, and South Wales Police have condemned the "totally unacceptable" incident.

Two organizers have received fixed charges of £ 10,000.

A statement from the South Wales Police said: “We are staying at the site of an illegal rave in Banwen. Some music devices were removed after a Section 63 notice was posted and two organizers were also given fixed charges of £ 10,000. "

Villagers say they have been kept awake since 1 a.m. when crowds gathered in a nearby forest. Some said they felt like "prisoners in their own home."

Superintendent Jason James said illegal events like the one in Banwen had "significant community impact".

He added, "Those gathered know that their actions are irresponsible and we are working with other agencies and making use of the laws available to us, including the Covid-19 laws, but we need to make sure that any action taken is as safe be performed."

Hundreds of people illegally parked their cars and vans and blocked roads across the village.

West Yorkshire police said a man was arrested after hanging up at a street party on Mount Wepen in Harehills

West Yorkshire police said a man was arrested after hanging up at a street party on Mount Wepen in Harehills

Police have broken up gatherings in Wales, Norfolk, Essex and Birmingham and confiscated thousands of pounds of musical equipment

Police have broken up gatherings in Wales, Norfolk, Essex and Birmingham and confiscated thousands of pounds of musical equipment

A woman who attended the rave this morning said she had driven all the way from London to attend.

She said, “I came from Lewisham in London and we followed the party line and it was absolutely fantastic. As always, I've only met nice people here.

“That's the thing about these events, everyone you meet is absolutely amazing and lovely and it's all good vibes. To be honest, there is nothing bad to say about such things. & # 39;

However, one local said he felt like a "prisoner" in his own home as young people "appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs" and could sleep on benches in the village this morning.

Police officers arrive last night to end a party in Leeds' Hyde Park as night owls break social distancing rules

Police officers arrive last night to end a party in Leeds' Hyde Park as night owls break social distancing rules

Police seized around £ 20,000 worth of music equipment from an address in the Chapeltown area of ​​Leeds

Police seized around £ 20,000 worth of music equipment from an address in the Chapeltown area of ​​Leeds

It was found in a garden and was suspected of being kept for an unlicensed music event

It was found in a garden and was suspected of being kept for an unlicensed music event

Banwen Village residents say they have been kept awake since 1 a.m. when crowds gathered in a nearby forest

Banwen Village residents say they have been kept awake since 1 a.m. when crowds gathered in a nearby forest

Chief Superintendent Simon Belcher of the South Wales Police Department said the force was "scrutinizing all laws" while dealing with the huge crowds.

He said, “This type of illegal gathering is totally unacceptable and we are aware of the concerns it creates for the local community.

“I want to remind people again of their obligations under the current coronavirus legislation and the overarching goal that everyone should take personal responsibility by following the rules of the Welsh government to protect Wales.

“We have a number of resources available, including the police helicopter and the street cops.

A woman who attended the Wales rave this morning said she had driven all the way from London to attend

A woman who attended the Wales rave this morning said she had driven all the way from London to attend

The South Wales Police have confirmed they are aware of the incident and were present

The South Wales Police have confirmed they are aware of the incident and were present

The South Wales Police have confirmed they are aware of the incident and were present

The South Wales Police have confirmed they are aware of the incident and were present

"It has been estimated that up to 3,000 people are attending the gathering, apparently from across the UK, and we are reviewing all legislation as to what action can be taken safely."

He said illegally parked cars will be "treated" and people who show up for the event will be turned away.

Norfolk Police described the organization of a large gathering in Thetford Forest, which began late Saturday evening and which officials believed would take place over the long weekend, as "extremely disappointing".

The force said they would need to allocate additional resources to end the event.

A local said he felt like a "prisoner" in his own home as young people "are obviously under the influence of alcohol and drugs".

A local said he felt like a "prisoner" in his own home as young people "are obviously under the influence of alcohol and drugs".

At the Banwen rave, one night owl said, "I came from Lewisham in London and we followed the party line and it was absolutely fantastic."

At the Banwen rave, one night owl said, "I came from Lewisham in London and we followed the party line and it was absolutely fantastic."

People who attended an illegal party in Leeds last night

Police officers face night owls in Leeds last night

Police faced night owls in Leeds last night and illegal parties are taking place across the country

People who attended an illegal party in Leeds last night

Police officers face night owls in Leeds last night

Police faced night owls in Leeds last night and illegal parties are taking place across the country

Norfolk Police Department deputy chief Nick Davison said they needed to seek help from other armed forces and had deployed specialist teams of public order officers to go to the site and turn off the music.

He said they had "taken positive action to ensure the event didn't last into a second night".

He added: “Officers experienced some hostility when they entered the construction site with bottles and cans that were used as missiles and thrown at officers. Fortunatly nobody was hurt.

& # 39; It is extremely disappointing to see such events happen when the coronavirus continues to pose a real threat to our communities.

"We are working to identify the organizers and will do everything in our power where evidence is available to prosecute them and bring them to justice."

West Yorkshire police said a man was accused of causing public nuisance after officials broke up a street party on Mount Wepen in Harehills on Saturday. Five other people at the party were fined.

Superintendent Chris Bowen said, "We hope people will recognize the ongoing risks associated with holding or attending events like this one. However, when intervention is required, we will punish people and make arrests."

Meanwhile, the police raid also confiscated several thousand pounds of equipment.

The troop confiscated around £ 20,000 worth of music equipment from a garden on Sunday at an address in the Chapeltown area of ​​Leeds that they suspect was being kept for an unlicensed music event.

More than 200 revelers broke restrictions at a rave in Birmingham last weekend. West Midlands Police said early Sunday it had processed about 90 reports on Saturday

More than 200 revelers broke restrictions at a rave in Birmingham last weekend. West Midlands Police said early Sunday it had processed about 90 reports on Saturday

It came after Essex police said they had also confiscated thousands of pounds of equipment prior to an unlicensed music event the troupe said was due to take place in Harlow on Saturday afternoon – but failed to provide an exact number.

Chief Inspector Lewis Basford said organizers of such events should wonder if the risk of the new fines is worth it.

He said, “My final message to the organizers is that we will confiscate the equipment. I don't care if you rented it from someone or if it is yours. We will dissolve your event and can now fine you up to £ 10,000. & # 39;

Humberside Police told the public to avoid the area around the Buck Hotel in Driffield, East Yorkshire due to an incident on Sunday morning. No further details were available.

West Midlands Police said they had processed about 90 public reports of possible violations of restrictions by Sunday morning "but we did not have to use our enforcement powers."

National Vice-Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, Che Donald, said the legislation should be clearer to make policing "more effective".

He said, "Our cops are doing an incredibly difficult job under test conditions, but as always, they will be ready to take care of anything that gets in their way over the long weekend of public holidays."

Home Secretary Priti Patel has cracked down on illegal rave organizers fined £ 10,000, warning them that they are "not above the law".

Home Secretary Priti Patel has cracked down on illegal rave organizers fined £ 10,000, warning them that they are "not above the law".

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, warned that the legislation would mean "absolutely nothing" to enforcement in London.

He said, “It might be good for areas outside London, but it means absolutely nothing to us here.

"People just put up a music box in the middle of the street and say, 'It's not mine,' it's utter nonsense."

Er forderte eine klarere Gesetzgebung, die es den Beamten ermöglichen würde, "das Gebiet sofort energischer zu räumen, das Gebiet zu schließen, die Regierung braucht eine strengere Formulierung um Gruppen von Menschen, die sich versammeln".

Aber ein Polizeichef hat argumentiert, dass Verwirrung über die Richtlinien von einigen als "Entschuldigung" benutzt wird, um die Regeln zu brechen.

Andy Rhodes, Chief Constable der Lancashire Constabulary, sagte, es gebe eine "Welt voller Unterschiede" zwischen Menschen, die vernünftig handeln, und anderen, die die Regeln "offen" ignorieren.

Er argumentierte, dass Verwirrung über die Richtlinien von einigen als "Entschuldigung" benutzt wird, um die Regeln zu brechen.

Innenminister Priti Patel hat die neuen Regeln, die am Freitag in Kraft getreten sind, verteidigt und erklärt, sie seien ein Vorgehen gegen "die schwerwiegendsten Verstöße gegen soziale Distanzierungsbeschränkungen".

In The Daily Telegraph schrieb sie: "Wir werden nicht zulassen, dass dieses atemberaubend selbstsüchtige Verhalten einer sinnlosen Minderheit die Fortschritte gefährdet, die wir gemeinsam gemacht haben."

Allein die Metropolitan Police hat seit Ende Juni auf mehr als 1.000 nicht lizenzierte Ereignisse reagiert.

Die neuen Maßnahmen bedeuten auch, dass Personen, die keine Masken tragen, und Teilnehmer an rechtswidrigen Versammlungen mit einer Geldstrafe ab 100 GBP belegt werden können, die sich für jede wiederholte Straftat auf maximal 3.200 GBP verdoppelt.

Der Polizeikommandant Bas Javid, Sprecher des August-Feiertagswochenendes, sagte: „Gestern haben Beamte unermüdlich in ganz London mit unseren örtlichen Gemeinden gesprochen und sie daran erinnert, dass wir weiterhin in einer Gesundheitspandemie sind und dass weiterhin Beschränkungen bestehen, um sie und ihre zu halten Familien sicher.

Gestern fanden in der gesamten Hauptstadt eine Reihe von Demonstrationen und Veranstaltungen statt, und die Beamten sprachen proaktiv mit denjenigen, die die Veranstaltungen organisierten oder an ihnen teilnahmen, und informierten sie über ihre Verantwortlichkeiten im Rahmen des Gesundheitsschutzes (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Nr. 2) ) (England) Verordnung 2020, die besagt, dass niemand an einer Versammlung teilnehmen darf, die aus mehr als 30 Personen besteht, entweder drinnen, auf einem Schiff oder in einem öffentlichen Außenraum, es sei denn, es gelten bestimmte Ausnahmen.

'Unsere Interaktion und Intervention hat gezeigt, dass sich die Mehrheit der versammelten Menschen zerstreut hat.

Im Zusammenhang mit der neuen Gesetzgebung wurden fünf Personen angesprochen.

Ausrüstung im Wert von Tausenden Pfund wurde von der Essex Police vor einem nicht lizenzierten Musikereignis beschlagnahmt

Ausrüstung im Wert von Tausenden Pfund wurde von der Essex Police vor einem nicht lizenzierten Musikereignis beschlagnahmt

„Nach den neuen Rechtsvorschriften wurde eine Person gemeldet, und es würde eine feste Strafanzeige in Höhe von 10.000 GBP für die Straftat ausgestellt, eine Versammlung von mehr als 30 Personen an einem öffentlichen Ort im Freien abzuhalten, was gegen die Bestimmungen 5B (1), (2) verstößt ) (b) (iii) und 8 (1) und (4) der Gesundheitsschutzverordnung (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Nr. 2) (England) 2020.

Die Beamten nahmen auch um 23.10 Uhr an einer UME in der Dace Road, E3 teil. Die UME wurde geschlossen, und die Beamten nahmen Einzelheiten zu vier Personen auf, die nach den neuen Rechtsvorschriften zur Prüfung gemeldet wurden.

'Wir haben auch eine Nachuntersuchung eingeleitet. Wenn wir Personen identifizieren können, die gegen die Vorschriften oder Straftaten verstoßen, werden wir nachträglich Maßnahmen ergreifen.

58 UMEs wurden gestern der Polizei gemeldet, und 21 von ihnen wurden von Beamten besucht und geschlossen.

Die heutige Operation begann heute Morgen, und die Beamten verfolgten die Polizei in ganz London wie gestern mit demselben Polizeiansatz, den vier E, die sich engagieren, erklären, ermutigen und als letztes Mittel durchsetzen.

„In der Londoner Innenstadt gab es eine Reihe von Demonstrationen, und wir waren aktiv vor Ort und sprachen mit den Teilnehmern, um das Risiko für die öffentliche Gesundheit und die Vorschriften weiter zu betonen, und es oblag ihnen, die Anforderungen des neuen zu erfüllen Gesetzgebung, um die Position zu überprüfen und sicherzustellen, dass sie keine Straftat begangen haben, indem sie an einer großen Versammlung beteiligt waren, oder sie können mit einer hohen Geldstrafe belegt werden.

"Unsere Reaktion der Polizei auf jedes Ereignis kann je nach operativer Entscheidungsfindung unterschiedlich sein, basierend auf Informationen, die uns gemäß den neuen Rechtsvorschriften zur Verfügung gestellt werden."

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