Second Yate rave organiser fined £10,000 as police vow to hunt down officers' attackers
A SECOND man has been fined £10,000 for organising an illegal rave at a Yate warehouse.
And the chief constable of Avon and Somerset police has promised to 'hunt down' and arrest everyone who attacked officers as they shut down the Halloween night event at the Stover Trading Estate.
Chief constable Andy Marsh said today that the force had many hours of footage to identify anyone who was violent.
And he said anyone else who could be positively identified from the footage will face a fine for breaching COVID-19 rules.
Police said that a man in his 20s had been ordered to pay a £10,000 fine for organising the rave, following an earlier fine for the same amount imposed on a man in his 30s last week. Neither man has been named.
The rave lasted from the evening of on October 31 into the afternoon of November 1 and attracted up to 700 people a disused warehouse in on Millbrook Road. Up to 300 were already inside when police arrived and some others clashed with officers as they tried to stop more people reaching the event.
Speaking during a Facebook Live video broadcast, Mr Marsh said: “If anyone was there, don’t sleep soundly. We’re reviewing many hours of footage. Where we identify people, you’ll be getting a ticket.
“Anyone who used violence towards police officers, wherever they come from, we will hunt them down, arrest them and bring them to justice.
"I do anticipate many more tickets to be issued.”
Mr Marsh said the revellers had shown a “wilful negligence” towards the risk of spreading the virus.
He added: “We have many hours of body-worn video footage of the violence, threats and intimidations used towards police officers.
"There were missiles thrown, bottles, punches, kicks, fireworks fired at officers. All sorts of really significant violence.
"The officers didn’t retreat, they put a cordon around the event. They stopped more people attending, many hundreds, we think. These events grow incredibly quickly.
“Once we’d mustered support from surrounding forces we cleared the event, cut the power, seized the generator and arrested eight people."
A further four people were arrested later last week.
A police photo shows the inside of the warehouse after the rave
Police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “It was absolutely despicable behaviour. If you’re young you may think you’re invincible – we know you’re not. They’ve possibly taken the infection back to their parents and grandparents.”
In a statement, Detective Superintendent Lisa Simpson said: “We hope the issuing of two £10,000 fines, which is the maximum amount allowed under the Covid-19 legislation, acts as a warning to others who may foolishly contemplate organising a large-scale unauthorised event when everyone else is facing up to a perilous public health situation and trying to protect the NHS.”
People with information about the event are being asked to call 101 and quote the crime reference number 5220 246 954, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
By Stephen Sumner, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Top picture: Police bodycam footage shows officers confronted by a crowd outside the ilegal rave