Officers from the Met’s Central Public Order Command Team dealt with 11 unlicensed music events and illegal gatherings in London last night (Saturday, 31 October).
The Met will continue to take robust action against those who breach the law and take part in illegal gatherings of any kind.
Around 1,000 people attended an unlicensed music event at Naval Row, E14. Officers were called at 23:30hrs and seven people were arrested under the coronavirus regulations for holding or being involved in the holding of the event and will be liable for a £10,000 fixed penalty notice each. They all remain in police custody. A large amount of equipment and sound systems was also seized.
Officers also attended a UME at Roseberry Road, E9 were around 200 people were illegally gathered. They were swiftly dispersed and the equipment was seized.
Police were even called to a Christening celebration in High Road in Tottenham and one individual was reported for a £10,000 fixed penalty notice.
Dedicated Covid teams were responding to calls from the public reporting breaches as well as being on proactive patrol, shutting down gatherings.
Commander Ade Adelekan said: “If you think the next few days are an excuse to break the rules, think again. You will get caught, we will take action and impose the maximum sanctions.
“Not only are UMEs unsafe for many reasons but they brazenly disregard the current Covid-19 restrictions. As well as music events there were numerous gatherings which flout the rule of six.
“The majority of the public have had to make sacrifices during this time, we will not let those who think they are above the law get away with this selfish behaviour.
“We take the reports of Covid-19 restrictions seriously and will listen to the concerns of local residents.
“The public order team attended 11 breaches however local units will have attended several other reports of breaches over the course of the night. We will continue to respond and take action.
“I hope the arrests and subsequent fines these individuals are likely to receive send a clear message to those who intend to flout the rules.
“We are still in a pandemic and it is extremely selfish of the small minority of people to carry on without regard for the regulations.
“The restrictions are in place for an important reason, to keep everyone safe.”
The 11 breaches where officers from public order team attended were:
1. Newport Street, SE1
2. Roslyn Hill, NW3
3. Apollo Business Centre, SE8
4. Ruskin Park, SE24
5. Marshgate Lane, E20
6. Rothbury Road, E9
7. Naval Row, E14
8. Southbank, SE1
9. The Arches SE1
10. Acton Cemetery, W3
11. High Road, Tottenham, N17