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Ravers confront police who try to shut down the forest frenzy while cracking down on illegal parties again


Rowdy revelers confronted a number of police officers with shields in a Norfolk forest 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.

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 rules, enacted before the bank holiday weekend, mean illegal rave organizers could be fined £ 10,000.

But it seems that the rules didn't deter rebellious rule breakers.

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.

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 elder brother of the former Labor leader, was evacuated 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 Chief Nick Davison, who oversees the Norfolk Police operation, said a drone unit, dogs, the National Police Air Service helicopter and specially trained public order officers were in a remote area of ​​Thetford Forest (pictured) in the Close to the insert has been used 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" (night owls pictured) would continue through Monday and the force was working to "close the event in a controlled manner and ensure the safety of those present and our officers on account & # 39;

He said it was clear that the "well-established and planned event" (night owls pictured) would continue through Monday and the force was working to "close the event in a controlled manner and ensure the safety of those present and our officers in account & # 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 received firm 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 Wepener 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 music equipment worth about £ 20,000 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 of ensuring that everyone takes 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

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

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

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 involved in holding or attending events like this one. However, if 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 – but failed to provide an exact number – prior to an unlicensed music event that the troupe said was due to take place in Harlow on Saturday afternoon.

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 Federation of Police 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 and warned 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 of 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."

He called for clearer legislation that would allow officials to "more vigorously evacuate the area immediately, close the area, the government needs stricter wording around groups of people who gather".

But a police chief has argued that confusion about the guidelines is being used by some as an "excuse" to break the rules.

Andy Rhodes, chief constable of the Lancashire Constabulary, said there was a "world of difference" between people who act sensibly and others who "openly" ignore the rules.

He argued that confusion about the guidelines is being used by some as an "excuse" to break the rules.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has defended the new rules, which went into effect on Friday, saying they were a crackdown on "the most serious violations of social distancing restrictions".

In The Daily Telegraph she wrote: "We will not let this breathtakingly selfish behavior by a mindless minority jeopardize the progress we have made together."

The Metropolitan Police alone have responded to more than 1,000 unlicensed events since the end of June.

The new measures also mean unmasked persons and those attending unlawful gatherings can be fined from £ 100, which doubles to a maximum of £ 3,200 for each repeated offense.

Police Commander Bas Javid, spokesman for August Bank Holiday Weekend, said today: “Yesterday officials spoke tirelessly across London to our local communities, reminding them that we are still in a health pandemic and that restrictions remain to contain it their families safe.

A number of demonstrations and events took place across the capital yesterday, and officials proactively spoke to those who organized or attended the events, informing them of their health (coronavirus, restrictions) (No. 2 )) (England) Regulation 2020 stating that no one is allowed to attend a gathering of more than 30 people, either indoors, on a ship or in a public outdoor space, unless certain exceptions apply.

& # 39; Our interaction and intervention has shown that the majority of the people gathered has dispersed.

Five people were approached in connection with the new legislation.

Thousands of pounds worth of equipment was confiscated by Essex Police prior to an unlicensed music event

Thousands of pounds worth of equipment was confiscated by Essex Police prior to an unlicensed music event

"Under the new legislation, a person has been reported and a firm charge of £ 10,000 would be issued for the offense of holding a gathering of more than 30 people in an open-air public place, which is against provision 5B (1) (2) violates) (b) (iii) and 8 (1) and (4) of the Health Protection Ordinance (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) 2020.

The officers also attended a UME on Dace Road, E3 at 11:10 p.m. The UME was closed and officials took in details of four people reported for review under the new legislation.

& # 39; We have also started a follow-up exam. If we can identify individuals who are violating the regulations or criminal offenses, we will take retrospective action.

58 UMEs were reported to police yesterday and 21 of them were visited by officers and closed.

Today's operation started this morning and police officers followed the police across London as they did yesterday with the same police approach, the four E's who get involved, explain, encourage and enforce as a last resort.

“There were a number of demonstrations in central London and we were active on the scene, speaking to attendees to further emphasize the public health risk and regulation, and it was up to them to meet the requirements of the new legislation to check the position and make sure they did not commit a crime by attending a large gathering or they may be fined heavily.

"Our police response to any incident may differ depending on operational decision-making based on information provided to us under the new legislation."

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