3rd Jul, 2022

Police break up illegal rave in Birmingham and issue more than 100 fines

MORE than 100 fixed penalty notices were issued after police broke up an illegal rave in Birmingham while being pelted with bottles.

West Midlands Police were tipped off about the party which was held in a disused warehouse in Bordesley Street, Digbeth on Saturday night (November 28) around 9pm.

A 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and since been released under investigation. Police recovered DJ equipment, Class A drugs and a knuckleduster at the scene. Police believe they have identified the organisers and are looking at pursuing further action. One woman suffered an ankle injury at the gathering.

Chief Superintendent Andy Beard said: “This was not only illegal, but extremely dangerous for both those who attended and officers.

“It’s extremely disappointing that some are still not grasping that such events only increase the risk of spreading a deadly virus.

“We’re currently under national restrictions and the region will then go into the highest tier due to the number of Covid cases next week.

“It’s unacceptable when people recklessly ignore the rules and put themselves and others at risk of catching the disease. It’s also unacceptable that officers should be attacked while going about their duties.

“We’ve seized equipment, drugs and a weapon and we’ll be looking to ensure there will be no repeat again.”

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