POLICE are warning people not to attend ‘illegal raves’ in Sefton this weekend following recent late-night gatherings in Crosby and Formby.
During lockdown, there have been several instances of large groups congregating on the beach and woodland areas to drink, play loud music and reported drug taking.
These events, also known as ‘quarantine raves’ have been occurring across the country, but officers say they will shut down them down and hand out fines to those who attend.
Head of Local Policing, Chief Superintendent Matt Boyle said: “We are appealing to the better nature of our communities who we know are getting frustrated with lockdown rules, but who we are also relying on to continue following government guidance in order for further restrictions to be eased.
“So, our plea is for all of our communities to please avoid any planned gatherings or unlicensed events this weekend that do not adhere to current government guidance and social distancing.
“It has never been more important than now to ensure that we all follow government advice, in place specifically for the safety of those living in Merseyside.”
On the beaches, a large amount of rubbish was left following a number of illegal gatherings over the recent Bank Holiday weekend, resulting in significant and costly clean-up operations.
Sefton Council Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Trish Hardy added: “Anyone thinking of organising or even attending one of these ‘unlicensed events’ should know that Sefton Council and Merseyside Police will do all we can to prevent them from happening, and to shut them down as quickly as possible if they somehow do manage to go ahead.
“We will deploy whatever measures we have, whether that’s closing roads or issuing fines; we will not allow people to put themselves and others in our community at risk. Coronavirus hasn’t gone away, people in our region are still testing positive for Covid-19 every day, and we all need to do our bit to stop the spread.
“Sefton Council staff and Merseyside Police have worked so hard over the past few months to support our communities and the response to Covid-19, the last thing any of us needs now is to have to deal with hundreds, if not thousands, of people being irresponsible and selfish at a time when our resources are already stretched.”