Police to arrest ravers after securing court closure order for Bishop's Stortford building that was scene of silent disco
Police have secured a closure order for an industrial unit in Bishop’s Stortford following an illegal bank holiday rave .
It was granted on Friday (September 4) by Stevenage magistrates and means anyone who enters the building on the Twyford Road industrial estate in the next three months can be arrested.
East Herts Chief Inspector Stuart Orton said: “Police were made aware of a gathering at the unit on the night of Sunday, August 30. Initially, officers were told that there was going to be a small gathering for a wedding party and that social distancing measures would be in place, however it later transpired that a silent disco was taking place.
“I’d like to reassure residents that this closure order is just the first step of the enforcement action we are taking and our enquiries are ongoing to trace those who were involved in the organising and running of the event.”
Chief Superintendent Richard Liversidge added: “Unlicensed music events are illegal and there are numerous risks in attending, not least the very real threat of coronavirus.
“Although we are no longer living in full lockdown, we all still need to be mindful that coronavirus continues to be a very real threat to our health. Nationally, specific areas have been forced back into lockdown due to a significant increase in infection rates and, more locally, here in Hertfordshire a warning was issued this week about an increase in Covid-19 cases in Dacorum.
"This is not a problem that has gone away and those who attend large gatherings are putting themselves and everyone they come into contact with at risk, such as relatives and friends.
“Those who organise these unlawful events will face the full force of the law in the form of arrest and prosecution. Those who choose to attend can also face enforcement action and could be left with a criminal record.
“New Government rules mean anyone found organising an event such as an illegal rave or a house party in the current climate could be fined £10,000 for breaking the law and all those found to be in attendance could be fined £100.”
Herts Constabulary is urging the public to report any potential illegal gatherings via herts.police.uk/contact or to call 101.
Danger signs include
- Cropped bolts on gates
- Flattened or disturbed hedgerows
- People in vehicles stopping to look into a field
- Anyone climbing over a fence or gate to look into a field
- Posters or social media messages advertising a large gathering
- Vehicles entering fields or open spaces
- People unloading sound equipment