Police shutdown 100-strong illegal beach rave on National Trust site

An illegal rave on a beach in Merseyside was shut down by police in the early hours of Sunday (February 7) morning.

Merseyside Police were called to the event, which was held at the National Trust’s Formby beach in Sefton, at around 12.50am following reports of people gathering and loud music.

Police told ITV News that approximately 100 people were found partying at the location during the national coronavirus lockdown. DJ equipment and lighting was seized and 64 people were issued with fixed penalty notices.

Deputy Chief Constable Serena Kennedy spoke of the importance of following lockdown rules, stressing that surge testing is taking place a few miles from the beach.

“Targeted testing for the South African COVID variant is currently taking place across three wards in Sefton after a second case of the new variant was detected,” she told ITV. “We have also seen cases of the E484K mutation of coronavirus in Liverpool this week.

“It is now as important as ever that our communities in Sefton and across Merseyside stick to the national lockdown rules which means people should not be leaving their homes for non-essential reasons or meeting up with other people outside their household or support bubble.”

It’s the latest report of an illegal raves attended by people in the UK during the nationwide lockdowns or restrictive tier system. In October, hundreds attended an illegal rave held in Barking, east London.

Under rules issued last August, fines of £10,000 can be issued to party organisers responsible for hosting more than 30 people.