Illegal parties shut down across West Midlands amid virus risk

Illegal parties shut down across West Midlands amid virus risk

Illegal parties shut down across West Midlands amid virus risk

A pub and 125 parties were shut down by police in the West Midlands at the weekend as people ignored the Covid-19 restrictions.

Officers dispersed a gathering of up to 600 people in Brooklyn Avenue, Aston, and closed down a DJ party with more than 60 attendees in Ismere Road, Erdington, on Saturday night.

The action came as West Midlands Police acted on intelligence to disrupt other gatherings forming, including at Sorrell Park, Erdington, where they had been called to previous raves.

Furthermore, The Holly Bush pub in Cradley Heath was issued with a 48-hour closure notice after officers attended and anti-social behaviour concerns over an event with loud music were ignored.

These followed up actions taken on Friday that included stopping a rave in Garrison Lane, Bordelsey Green, and a party in Elliot Street, Nechells.

“We’re continuing to use a range resources across the force, from our dogs unit, drones and officers usually from our football unit, to act on information and prevent illegal meet-ups of more than 30 people,” said a spokesperson for the police.

Chief Superintendent Claire Bell said: “We remain in a pandemic and reckless gatherings such as parties and unlicensed music events only increase the risk of spreading the virus.

“You could be putting the lives of your family and friends at risk.

“Such gatherings are not only illegal, they are a nuisance to others and a public health risk. We have resources in place to shut these events down.

“We have an operation in place and while we seek to engage and educate people to follow the guidelines, we will seek to prosecute if this is ignored.”

The force is urging people to inform them if they hear of plans for large gatherings. You can contact officers via Live Chat on the West Midlands Police website or on 101.