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‘Senseless minority’ stage wave of raves

Hands up: A raver faces a line of riot police in Norfolk’s Thetford Forest on Sunday night PICTURE: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS

HUNDREDS of people at an illegal rave in Wales refused to stop the party last night despite police threatening to arrest them and the organisers being handed £10,000 fines.

About 3,000 people descended on a former coal mine in Banwen near the Brecon Beacons on Sunday, and although there was a huge police presence, many resisted efforts to move them on. The rave was just one of many organised across the UK over the bank holiday weekend, with officers in Norfolk pelted with missiles as they broke up a 500-strong gathering in Thetford Forest.

London’s Met Police said they had shut down 21 unlicensed music events, while eight people were handed £10,000 fines after several illegal raves were held in West Yorkshire.Home secretary Priti Patel said the new fixed fines represent a crackdown on ‘the most serious breaches’ of social distancing rules.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, she added: ‘We will not allow this breathtakingly selfish behaviour from a senseless minority to jeopardise the progress we have made together.’