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Police warning over illegal raves and park parties

West Midlands police say they're warning that the summer holiday season is no excuse for illegal raves and park parties.

They say they're continuing to monitor and act on intelligence to prevent large gatherings which are still banned due to fears of spreading CoVID-19.

With people breaking up from school and work during the summer we’re reminding of the need to act responsibly during the pandemic.

They're already acting on information to prevent potential gatherings before they can get fully under way.

Last weekend officers promptly closed down an event in an empty Walsall town centre warehouse.

Police took details of those in attendance and warned them about the dangers and risk of enforcement action and a criminal record.

Superintendent Sean Kent said: "We know with schools breaking up and people booking time off during the summer they will have more time on their hands, and want to take time out to socialise. 

"However, large gatherings only increase the risk of spreading this killer virus which you could then pass onto friends and loved ones. That is why restrictions remain in place against gatherings above 30 people. You cannot tell by looking at someone if they are free of CoVID-19. 

"At unauthorised events there won’t be the same safety and security measures in place and you could be a victim of crime. There is no access to medical treatment if needed, as there would be at a properly licensed event.

“Unauthorised events also take place without the permission of the local community, who suffer the noise and disruption." 

The police are urging people to inform them if they hear of plans for raves and large gatherings in parks which can also lead to anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance. 

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