Organiser of New Year’s Eve event in disused East Horndon church issued with £10,000 fine

Police have issued a man with a £10,000 fine after he admitted being an organiser of the unlicensed music event at a disused church in East Horndon on New Year’s Eve.

Hundreds of people attended the event at All Saints Church which was a clear and blatant breach of the Government’s COVID-19 regulations.

A 32 year-old man from Wickford was arrested on suspicion of burglary at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday February 2.

When interviewed he admitted being an organiser of the event and, while he was told he would face no further action in connection with the burglary offence, he was issued a £10,000 fixed penalty notice.

Four other people have already been arrested in connection with the event and have all been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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