Illegal gatherings shut down across West Midlands
We shut down 125 parties and raves - and closed a pub - as officers took action to stop illegal gatherings and anti-social behaviour across the region over the weekend.
We disrupted scores of groups who ignored restrictions and increased the risk of spreading the potentially deadly CoVID-19 virus.
Officers dispersed a gathering of up to 600 people in Brooklyn Avenue, Aston, and closed down a DJ party with more than 60 attendees in Ismere Road, Erdington, on Saturday night.
It came as we acted on intelligence to disrupt other gatherings forming, including at Sorrell Park, Erdington, where we’ve been called to previous raves.
Furthermore, The Holly Bush Pub in Cradley Heath was issued with a 48 hour closure notice after officers attended and anti-social behaviour concerns over an event with loud music were ignored.
These followed up actions we took on Friday which included stopping a rave in Garrison Lane, Bordelsey Green, and block party in Elliot Street, Nechells.
We’re continuing to use a range resources across the force - from our dogs unit, drones and officers usually from our football unit - to act on information and prevent illegal meet ups of more than 30 people.
Chief Superintendent Claire Bell said: "We remain in a pandemic and reckless gatherings such as parties and unlicensed music events only increase the risk of spreading the virus.
"You could be putting the lives of your family and friends at risk.
"Such gatherings are not only illegal, they are a nuisance to others and a public health risk. We have resources in place to shut these events down.
"We have an operation in place and while we seek to engage and educate people to follow the guidelines, we will seek to prosecute if this is ignored."
We’re continuing to urge people to inform us if they hear of plans for large gatherings, we rely on information from you so we can act upon it. You can contact us via Live Chat on our website or by calling 101.