Second man fined £10,000 for organising illegal warehouse rave where police officers were attacked

Ross McGuinness
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A second man has been fined £10,000 for organising an illegal warehouse rave near Bristol where police officers were attacked.

Avon and Somerset Police said the second fine had been issued following the event in Yate, South Gloucestershire, on 31 October, Halloween night.

Two men, one in his 20s and the other in his 30s, have now been fined £10,000 for organising the rave in breach of coronavirus laws.

Police officers came under attack while breaking up the illegal rave in Yate, South Gloucestershire. (Avon and Somerset Police)
Police officers came under attack while breaking up the illegal rave in Yate, South Gloucestershire. (Avon and Somerset Police)

Eight people were arrested on the day of the event, while a further four were arrested at the end of last week.

Police said between 500 and 700 people were at the event and that officers prevented a further 250 to 300 from attending.

Officers had bottles thrown at them by revellers.

Detective Superintendent Lisa Simpson said: “A significant number of enquiries have already been carried out and our investigation team is continuing to work hard to analyse all the evidence and make sure those responsible are dealt with appropriately. To date, 12 people have been arrested.

“We’ve a lot of body worn video from cameras worn by officers, which highlights how they robustly dealt with an extremely hostile situation and captures footage of people who attended the event.

Hundreds of people were at the illegal rave on Halloween night. (Avon and Somerset Police)
Hundreds of people were at the illegal rave on Halloween night. (Avon and Somerset Police)

“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.”

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