Police warn people to stay away from planned unauthorised event in Chelmsford

Police have been made aware of plans for an unauthorised music event in the Chelmsford district today, Saturday 14 November, and are urging people not to attend.

Officers have issued warnings to the organisers of the Soul Sure event about the legislation around large gatherings and the risks of further spreading COVID-19.

Anyone who organises illegal raves and unlicensed music events could face prosecution. Where necessary, police have powers to seize equipment, put dispersal orders in place, or set up road-blocks to prevent any more people attending.

Detective Chief Inspector Lewis Basford said: “We are concerned for the safety of anyone planning to attend this unauthorised event and the impact it will have on the wider public should it go ahead.

“The legislation is in place for a reason, to help stop the spread of the virus and to keep people safe.

“Unauthorised events involving large groups of people pose a real risk to those attending.

“We also know that such events are often frequented by people who look to cause trouble for the sake of it, which will ruin the good time of anyone there.”

“I would urge anyone thinking of going to think again.”

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Mick Ferris

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