Two teenagers have been fined £1,000 each and a man has been arrested after police were called to an illegal rave in Manchester on Boxing Day.
Officers were called to empty flats on Hanover Street in the Shudehill area of the city at around 4.20am on Sunday after reports of a large gathering and loud music.
Greater Manchester Police attended the address and dispersed around 100 people, seizing music equipment.
Officers were called to empty flats on Hanover Street (pictured) in the Shudehill area of the city at around 4.20am on Sunday after reports of a large gathering and loud music
The two teenage males, aged 17 and 18, were each given the fixed penalty notice.
A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence and remains in custody. He was also given a £200 notice.
City of Manchester’s Chief Inspector Colin MacDiarmid said: ‘There is no denying the blatant breach of Covid legislation that took place here last night, and enquiries are ongoing to ensure the organisers of this gathering are held accountable for their unacceptable actions.
He added that the majority of the people in the city have made ‘tremendously difficult sacrifices over the Christmas period and have complied with the rules’.
However, he noted that the ‘minority of people who attend events such as this’ risk undoing the efforts of everyone else.
He said that people who attended the gathering weren’t just from Manchester but came ‘from across the North West’.
Greater Manchester Police attended the address on Boxing Day and dispersed around 100 people in attendance, seizing music equipment (file image)
Mr MacDiarmid added their actions undermined the ‘spirit of us all needing to be in this together to battle the ongoing risk of coronavirus’.
He said: ‘We have always, and continue to, operate by using the four Es of engaging, explaining, and encouraging the public to comply, but we will not hesitate to take enforcement action against those found to be responsible for blatant examples of flouting the rules such as this.’