Illegal rave in West Yorkshire shut down by police as revellers throw 'missiles' at officers

An illegal rave was shut down by police after around 300 people attended.

Sunday, 23rd August 2020, 7:22 am
Updated Sunday, 23rd August 2020, 7:28 am
West Yorkshire Police were called to an illegal rave in Huddersfield on Saturday night.

The force said officers had missiles thrown at them as they attended the illegal event in Deighton, Huddersfield.

A tweet from West Yorkshire Police said missiles were thrown as officers, and local residents applauded when the revellers dispersed.

It said: "On Saturday evening officers deployed to an illegal rave that was taking place In Deighton, Huddersfield. appx 300 persons were present and missiles were thrown at officers.

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"The music was quickly turned off and the attendees were dispersed met by applause from local residents."

It comes as the Government announced organisers of illegal raves could be fined up to £3,200 under new coronavirus laws which come into force on Friday (August 28).

Fines of up to £10,000 for those organising illegal raves in England will come into force as authorities also clamp down on unlawful gatherings.

Police across the country have seen a surge in unlicensed music events in recent weeks, including in Yorkshire where 200 people flocked to an illegal rave at Kirkstall Nature Reserve in Leeds.