Police shut down "illegal rave" in Merstham
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A number of fines were issued after police disrupted what was believed to be an illegal rave on Saturday night (24 April).
Officers were called to the location in Rockshaw Road around 11.50pm following reports of 30-40 people in a footpath under the M23 close to Merstham.
Two minibuses full of people were turned away from the location by police. The majority of the people at the location dispersed upon police arrival, but three fixed penalty notices were issued in relation to breaching current covid regulations.
Two people were also summonsed for obstructing the highway, after they ran away from police across the M23.
A 55 year-old man was also arrested for being in charge of a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place while being unfit through drugs, contrary to S4(2) of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
A number of items of equipment were found at the location, including a laser light machine, a smoke machine and a quantity of fuel.
East Surrey Detective Chief Inspector Richard Haycock said: “Thanks to some good teamwork by the officers involved, we were able to prevent the event from getting underway before it even got going. Although there were reports of 30-40 people present, there were only about 6-8 people when we got there and no music playing. However, the equipment found would suggest that an illegal rave had been planned.
“As restrictions lift, it is only natural that people want to start socialising again. However, we will not tolerate reckless behaviour and illegal gatherings, and encourage the public to stick to current covid regulations to prevent the spread of the virus and to keep each other safe.”