FIVE people were arrested and music equipment was seized after police were called to an illegal rave at Formby Beach on Wednesday, June 24.
At around 1pm, Merseyside Police received a number of reports of youths congregating together on the beach and sand dunes. The majority of people were dispersed by police, with officers remaining in the area to turn away anyone planning to attend.
Five people were arrested for various offences including drunk and disorderly behaviour and possession of drugs, and a speaker and music equipment was seized.
Chief Inspector Andy Rankine said: “We appreciate the fact that people want to go out and take advantage of the weather, but it is so important that you do so safely.
“While we want everyone to enjoy themselves, anti-social behaviour and criminality will not be tolerated and Merseyside Police will take action where necessary, as seen yesterday when five people were arrested after a group decided to congregate and engage in anti-social behaviour to the detriment of other trying to enjoy the good weather and beaches. We will continue to respond to reports of people forming large gatherings.
“The virus has by no means gone, so please continue to abide by government guidance to ensure the safety of yourselves and others.”
Throughout the day and into the evening, officers were in attendance on foot, in vehicles and on quad bikes at Formby as well as Ainsdale and Crosby beaches, parks and beauty spots including Formby nature reserve to encourage people to keep to the guidelines and, where necessary, disperse people and take enforcement action.
Sefton Central MP Mr Esterson said: “We have had another week of huge crowds at our beaches with the knock-on effect of awful traffic and parking problems and a lack of social distancing.
“The police acted decisively to stop a group which they estimated could have hit 1,000 in size from setting up DJ equipment to have a party. The police also confiscated huge amounts of alcohol and stopped car loads of young people on the way into Formby to tell them to turn back.
“It has hopefully made these people think twice about trying the same thing in Sefton again.”
Anyone with information on gatherings can speak to local officers, or call Merseyside Police.