Police forces prepare to hand out fines for anyone attending illegal raves
Police forces in Norfolk and Suffolk have warned they will be issuing hefty fines to anyone planning to organise or attend an illegal rave ahead of the August bank holiday weekend.
Both Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies have announced tougher measures to deter unlicensed musical events (UMEs) from taking place over the three-day-weekend.
A new criminal offence comes into effect from today, Friday August 28, meaning those facilitating or organising illegal raves may face a £10,000 fine, with attendees set to be hit with £100 fines.
Norfolk Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Nick Davison said: "Historically, we have seen illegal raves and UMEs held over bank holiday weekends so we’re keen for the public and landowners to be our extra eyes and ears this weekend.
"Raves and UMEs are not only illegal and unsafe, but such events carry a significant risk of transmitting the virus. We would urge people to think twice before attending such events."
Suffolk Constabulary Chief Superintendent Marina Ericson added: "Coronavirus still represents a real threat.
"Whilst we of course want people to have a good time, this needs to be done in a socially responsible manner, within the law, and with due regard for everyone’s safety.
"We have seen the effect where social distancing is ignored and the local lockdown measures that follow and we want to avoid this in Suffolk."