Police investigating an unlicensed music event which caused damage to a church in East Horndon have released images of more than 130 people suspected of attending who they want to identify.
Hundreds of people attended the event at the All Saints Church on New Year’s Eve in breach of the Government’s COVID-19 regulations.
Damage was caused to the church and the officers who responded to the event reported having objects thrown at them.
Essex Police has now released images of 133 people they want to identify.
You can view the images on the police website at: www.essex.police.uk/ume
Chief Inspector Ant Alcock, District Commander for Brentwood and Epping Forest, said: “Issuing these images is an unusual step, but it highlights the seriousness of the incident and public health threat it posed.
“At the time this event took place Essex was under Tier 4 regulations, infections were rising quickly, a ‘major incident’ had been declared here because of the pressure on our NHS, and nationally there were around 50,000 positive tests a day.
“This event wasn’t just a clear and blatant breach of the Government’s COVID-19 regulations but a very real public health risk as well as a slap in the face to all those making sacrifices to do the right thing.
“At a time where doctors and nurses were under extreme pressure trying to save lives and people all over the county were spending Christmas away from their loved ones, those who attended the event acted selfishly, putting themselves and their families health at risk.
“Added to that is the damage they caused to the church itself.
“If you attended the event or recognise any of those pictured, now is the time to do the right thing.”
Anyone who attended the event would receive a fine.
Four people have been arrested in connection with the event and another, a 32 year-old man from Wickford, was given a £10,000 fine after admitting being an organiser.
You can report a COVID-19 breach on the website by using the digital 101 service, where you can speak to an operator via Live Chat, any day between 7am and 11pm.