An illegal New Year's Eve party with 100 people was held at a £ 4 million house near Teddy Sheringham's house in England's worst Covid-19 hotspot.
The rave, which was broken up by police, took place at a luxury property called Knoll House in the upscale hamlet of Sewardstonebury in Epping Forest, Essex.
Neighbors believe new tenants moved into the large single-family home about a month ago, although it is unclear who hosted the event.
The rave, which was broken up by police, took place at a luxury estate called Knoll House in the upscale hamlet of Sewardstonebury in Epping Forest, Essex (pictured)
A woman was fined £ 10,000 for organizing a house party at her home in Sewardstonebury, Essex, along with a fire dancer as an entertainer
The officers also distributed more than 25 fixed criminal charges to the guests and confiscated the audio equipment (pictured) from the luxury house
A video posted on Twitter claiming it was filmed at the party showed several young adults dancing and partying in a room.
The event consisted of balloons, sparklers, a DJ and a fire dancer entertaining the guests outside with alcohol served by a waiter in a bow tie in large ice buckets.
The party's organizer received a fixed £ 10,000 fine from Essex Police for violating strict anti-coronavirus rules.
During the party, plastic sheeting also appeared to have been placed over the gates of the house to prevent spectators from looking inside.
Police closed the party in the early hours of the New Year after they came across the house, which is near the home of former English soccer player Teddy Sheringham.
The officers also distributed more than 25 fixed criminal charges to the guests and confiscated the audio equipment from the luxury home.
Police issued a dissemination warrant forcing guests to leave what they called a "large unauthorized gathering" of the party's area.
Revelers were spotted at a house party in Sewardstonebury, Essex with more than 100 people in attendance yesterday before the police were called
The Epping Forest area has the highest coronavirus rate in England with 1,328 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the week leading up to December 27th.
A close neighbor said, “We saw a lot of police officers arriving early in the morning. I thought at first that there might have been a murder rather than a party.
Hundreds take part in raves across Essex while fines of £ 18,000 are handed out
Essex police were forced to break up parties across the county after being invited to gatherings at an abandoned warehouse, a conservation-run church and a house party of more than 100 people.
Police seized equipment from a warehouse rave in Brentwood before dispersing events in Thorndon Park and Sewardstonebury near Epping Forest.
Three men were arrested for drug offenses at the party in a church in Thorndon Park.
Two people were arrested at the Brentwood rave. One for failure to provide details and the other for suspicion of alcohol driving.
A woman was fined £ 10,000 for organizing the house party in Sewardstonebury.
Deputy Police Chief Andy Prophet thanked people for staying home last night before adding, “Unfortunately, there have been others who have chosen to openly disobey coronavirus rules and regulations, and ultimately they decided that celebration was more important is than protecting other people.
“We have confiscated their equipment, arrested five people and imposed large numbers of fines on those who found this behavior acceptable.
“We need you to keep yourself, other people and the NHS safe. Thanks again to everyone who spent their New Year's Eve responsibly and legally. "Stay safe, Essex."
"I know the house was for rent because there were signs outside, and I think new tenants moved in about a month ago because I saw people come and go."
Debris, including red party mugs and bottles, was strewn around the nearby edges and in the driveway that led to the gates of the house, the curtains of which were drawn on Jan. 1.
A black Range Rover sat on the front lawn next to other empty beverage cups
Knoll House was sold for £ 2.5m in 2010 but is now valued at around £ 4m.
A man who answered the intercom at the gate of the house denied any knowledge of the party and said, "I don't know about this."
Former Tottenham and Manchester United striker Sheringham (54), who played 51 times for England, lives just a few hundred meters away.
Essex Police also broke up a party at the 500-year-old All Saints Church in East Horndon, Brentwood
Officers were threatened and pelted with objects in the conservation-run church as they dispersed hundreds of people and confiscated equipment.
Two Harlow men, aged 27 and 22, and a 35-year-old from Southwark, were arrested on suspicion of administrative and drug-related offenses.
Two men were also arrested at a third party in Essex, attended by 100 people in a disused warehouse in Brentwood.
Essex Deputy Police Chief Andy Prophet accused all partygoers of "openly" disregarding anti-coronavirus rules.
He added, “Ultimately, they decided that partying was more important than protecting other people.
"We have confiscated their equipment, arrested five people and imposed large numbers of fines on those who found this behavior acceptable."
Met Police fined 217 people hard and five people were fined £ 10,000 for organizing large gatherings across London.
There were similar raves across the country when Greater Manchester Police fined 105, compared to 66 in Brighton and Hove.
The maximum fine for lifting coronavirus restrictions is £ 10,000 for the most outrageous violations.
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