Thursday, 22 Oct 2020

More than 150 people cram into derelict pub for 'dangerous' rave

This is the moment that a ‘dangerous’ rave was shut down in a derelict pub at 9.30am on Sunday.

More than 150 people were crammed into the ‘hazardous and unsanitary’ building that had no running water.

Neighbours of the abandoned Tate and Lyle Sports and Social Club in east London’s Royal Docks complained about the noise coming from the venue with music ‘blaring’.

The organiser of the event faces a £10,000 fine after a large music system was discovered in the building.

Sergeant Simon Biggs said he was ‘shocked’ by the organiser’s ‘blatant disregard for the safety of those there’, with no social distancing measures in place and most people not wearing face coverings.

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The crowds were dispersed before the male organiser, 30, was reported for consideration of a £10,000 fixed penalty notice.

Sergeant Biggs said‘When I arrived on scene, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and was shocked by the event organiser’s blatant disregard for the safety of those there. This health crisis has claimed thousands of lives and people attending events such as this risk furthering the spread of this deadly virus.

‘The conditions at this abandoned pub were awful, there was no running water, poor sanitary conditions, no social distancing measures and most of those attending were not wearing a face covering.

‘In addition to the obvious threat of the virus, the building was also evidently in a serious state of disrepair.

‘Water was dripping from the ceiling and there were a number of other hazards. After leaving, officers made sure to secure the building to prevent further access.’

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