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Police warning after they shut down 125 parties last weekend

By Jordan Reynolds | Birmingham | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

Police are warning people not to attend illegal raves and parties after officers shut down 125 gatherings last weekend.

The gathering in Nechells

Officers were called to reports of a large gathering in Elliot Street, Nechells, during the early hours on Saturday morning.

They found a group of 60 to 70 people holding a rave with a DJ from Gloucestershire. The group was dispersed.

Officers are continuing to monitor and act on intelligence to prevent large gatherings which are still banned due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Officers disrupt large gathering in Nechells

Chief Superintendent Claire Bell said: "While we accept the last few months have been extremely difficult and people want to get out and have some fun, gatherings such as parties and unlicensed music events only increase the risk of spreading the virus.

"Please think - is it worth the risk? You could be putting the lives of your family and friends at risk.

“We’re continuing to urge people to inform us if they hear of plans for raves and large gatherings in parks which can also lead to anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance."

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The Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Waheed Saleem said: “These gatherings aren’t just irresponsible, but illegal. It’s important that those considering going to these events know that by attending them, you not only pose a risk to yourself, but also those you care about.

“Coronavirus is very much still out there and events like this can easily spread the virus.

“There has also been serious criminal behaviour reported; stabbings, drug use and in some cases, shots fired. They are dangerous and the proactive work of our police in clamping down on them is vital to keeping the public safe."

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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