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More than £15,000 in fines issued after 300 people attend a rave in Hackney

Officers outside the rave in Nursery Road (credit: Met Police)

More than £15,000 in fines have been issued after hundreds were caught at a rave in a railway arch, in Hackney.

Officers forced entry to the event on Saturday evening in Nursery Road, shortly after 1.30am, to find around 300 people in attendance breaching Covid regulations.

Numerous attempts were made to engage with organisers and others but they were uncooperative.

At one point, the doors were padlocked from the inside to stop police getting in.

Once officers managed to get inside, many tried to escape by climbing over fences at the rear of the arch and others forced open a gate.

There was 78 individuals stopped and given fixed penalty notices to the value of £200 for breaching Covid regulations.

Officers were deployed to Nursery Road after receiving intelligence that the illegal rave in Nursery Road was taking place (credit: Met Police)

Chief Superintendent Roy Smith, who attended the incident, said: “This was a serious and blatant breach of the public health regulations and the law in relation to unlicensed music events.

“Officers were forced, yet again, to put their own health at risk to deal with a large group of incredibly selfish people who were tightly packed together in a confined space – providing an ideal opportunity for this deadly virus to spread.

“Our frontline officers continue to police this public health crisis with compassion & professionalism but it is completely unacceptable they have to face such needless risks to their own health and to their families too.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett, Central East BCU Commander, said: “This event was organised in advance and each one of the 300 people who chose to turn up did so knowing they were putting themselves, their loved ones and the wider community at risk.

“I hope our response and the issuing of more than £15,000 in fines demonstrates that we will not tolerate blatant breaches of the rules that are in place to keep everyone safe. I’m proud of the officers who dealt with this crowd and all those who continue to work on the frontline at this unprecedented time.”

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