Officers were called to the illegal rave in Tidworth Road (credit: Google Maps)
Met Police were called to Tidworth Road, shortly after 1.30am on Saturday, 27 February after receiving numerous calls from neighbours.
It’s estimated around 100 people attended the event after an initial smaller group illegally broke into a railway arch and set up a makeshift party inside the derelict archway.
Numerous wooden crates were used to build an improvised bar area.
A large number of the partygoers quickly dispersed when officers arrived, dangerously jumping over high walls into a graveyard.
The Met’s Territorial Support Group were called to give further support in containing crowds and taking enforcement action.
Officers detained 20 people and they were each reported for consideration of a fixed penalty notice for £800.
Chief Inspector Pete Shaw, from the local policing command, said: “It is mad that people are still prepared to break the rules, despite the extreme loss of a life as a result of this virus.
“It is shameful some people are selfishly putting others at risk.
“With the roadmap announcement last week, we are all very excited at the prospect of returning to normal in June.
“However, events such as this risk undermining that roadmap and could cause further delays by creating a breeding ground for the virus.
“We will continue to do our part in shutting them down and taking action by issuing fines.”
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