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'Wedding party' turns into illegal silent disco on Bishop's Stortford industrial estate

Police monitored an illegal silent disco held on an industrial estate in Bishop’s Stortford on bank holiday Monday (August 31).

Officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary decided to let the rave in Twyford Road proceed from around 11.30pm on Sunday (August 30) after they were initially told guests were gathering to celebrate a wedding.

A spokeswoman for the force said: “We received information regarding a possible event taking place in an industrial unit in Twyford Road. Officers attended the location and found the unit decorated for a wedding party and some guests already in attendance.

“Officers spoke to the guests, who confirmed there would be a small post-wedding party taking place.

“However, at around 1am, reports were received that a large-scale event was now taking place at the premises and officers returned to the address. By now a large number of people were in attendance and a silent disco appeared to be taking place.

“Due to the number of attendees and the issues/dangers associated with trying to disperse large numbers of people, officers decided to remain on site to monitor the event and ensure there was no disruption to local residents or offences committed until it was safe to close the event.

“There was very little noise and no offences or ASB (anti-social behaviour) were reported during the event.”

One resident who witnessed the gathering said on Facebook: “Last night, just after midnight, hundreds of cars and people appeared down my road heading towards the Twyford Industrial Estate. Thinking something illegal may be happening, I contacted the police.

“At 4.30 there were still cars appearing. I contacted the police again and was told it was a ‘pre-arranged wedding party’ and no concerns had been raised by the attending officers.

“When I stated that mass gatherings of over 30 people are not allowed, I was told they were trying to reduce numbers. Judging by the amount of cars and people that left at 6am I don’t think they succeeded.”

The police spokeswoman confirmed: “Investigations are now under way to identify and prosecute the organiser.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or report onlinewww.herts.police.uk/report quoting incident number 766 of August 30.

A silent disco or silent rave is an event where guests dance to music transmitted to wireless headphones, rather than using a speaker system.

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