Illegal rave in Walsall disrupted and organiser handed super fine
These are the moments we broke up another illegal rave in Walsall last month, as we continue to deal with these dangerous events.
The man, who rents the unit, was issued with a £10,000 super fine just days before Walsall went into the government’s new tier two local lockdown, after an increase in CoVID-19 cases in the borough.
The rave was discovered by officers on patrol in a unit on Phoenix Business Park in Stafford Street during the early hours of 14 September.
After spotting a number of cars and people entering one of the units, officers tried to enter to see what was happening, as the shutters were slammed shut in their faces.
We started taking details of the cars parked up when one of the gates to leading to the units were locked.
When some party-goers realised they were locked in, they jumped over a wall to get away. Officers told the person with the keys to open the gates, which eventually they did, and scores of people filed out.
We discovered music equipment, food and drinks inside the unit. The man who rents the unit and who admitted he owned the sound equipment and a laptop, was issued the fine on Saturday (10 October).
Chief Superintendent Andy Parsons, from Walsall police, said: “We’ve been warning anyone planning to organise or attend illegal raves not to do so for many months.
“This event was particularly dangerous, not only due to the pandemic, where large gatherings are banned, to help stop the spread of the virus, but it was also a fire hazard and the fact the shutters and gates were locked for periods preventing people from getting in or out was reckless.
“Fortunately officers spotted it and were able to close it down before something serious happened.
“After extensive enquires, we’ve now been able to use the new legislation to issue the fine which I hope will deter others from holding similar events.
“I’d warn anyone considering attempting to arrange or attend these events, which are not only dangerous, but also illegal, not to.
“If you’ve been invited to one or are aware of any planned to take place please let us know.
“Your help is invaluable, as the key to stopping these events is early intelligence from you."
If you suspect a rave or illegal gathering is being organised or you notice any suspicious activity, please contact us on Live Chat on our website or call 101.