Man fined £10,000 after unlicensed event in Theydon Bois

Police have issued a £10,000 fine to a man involved in the holding of an unlicensed music event.

Officers were called to an event on Saturday June 5, off Forest Drive, in Theydon Bois, where about 200 people were attending the illegal event.

Music equipment such as decks, speaker system and a generator were seized and a 38-year-old man, who was playing music to the crowd, was arrested on suspicion of breaching coronavirus rules.

The man, from Dunmow, has now been issued with a £10,000 penalty notice for holding or being involved in the holding of a gathering of more than 50 people, the largest number allowed, police discovered a number of social media posts by the man which were clear advertisements of the event and included information on how to get tickets.

He has 28 days to pay the fine.

Superintendent Nick Morris, who has led the Essex Police response to the pandemic, said: “In this case, the individual made a conscious decision to be involved in a blatant breach of the regulations, and therefore it was appropriate for us to take enforcement action.

“This unlicensed event took place at a time which we now know to be a point where positive coronavirus cases were beginning to rise. Unfortunately, that trend has continued and events such as this are unhelpful given how hard the people of Essex have worked to suppress the virus in our county.

“We have taken a consistent approach to policing the coronavirus regulations since the beginning of the pandemic and that is to first engage with people, explain the regulations and encourage them to do the right thing.

“Only when those options have been exhausted will we consider enforcement action.”

Mick Ferris

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