POLICE have criticised crowds of people who breached lockdown rules to cause ‘significant disruption’ at illicit raves.
Officers were given extra powers to control the unlicensed music events on Clapham Common and Tooting Bec Common, in south London, on Saturday. Designating ‘dispersal zones’ allows them to order people to leave the area and not return.
Meanwhile, Northamptonshire Police said a 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, with up to 50 other people being moved on following a planned operation to stop an illegal rave near Wellingborough on Saturday night.
The events continue a sequence of unlawful gatherings in London over the past four nights.
Seven people were arrested and two weapons seized by police at illegal gatherings over Friday night and Saturday morning.
The arrests include two people in Newham who were carrying a firearm and a ‘Rambo-style’ knife, the Metropolitan Police said.
Five people were arrested at another music event in West Kilburn, including two for attacking police officers.
Two officers were injured but did not require hospital treatment. It comes after Met commissioner Dame Cressida Dick vowed to shut down events flouting health regulations.
Cmdr Bas Javid, of the Met’s front-line policing team, said the events ‘were illegal and in breach of the Covid regulations’.
He added: ‘We have made it very clear this type of behaviour will not be tolerated and there are a number of post-event investigations now under way.’