A dispersal order is in place in Harlow, Essex, following reports of a planned unlicensed music event.
Essex Police attended a warehouse near Burnt Mills earlier this afternoon (Saturday, August 29) and have started the process of shutting down the event.
Offers will be dispersing large groups and stopping vehicles as well as using their powers, including the issuing of new fines of £10,000, to prevent any unauthorised event from going ahead.
The dispersal order means that officers will be able to stop large groups who are destined for the area, including those who are coming on coaches or other means of public transport.
The order will be in place until 9am tomorrow (Sunday, August 30) and is bordered by Parndon Mill Lane, Elizabeth Way, Fifth Allende Avenue (A414) and the railway line surrounding the Burnt Mill Industrial Estate.
Inspector Phil Jackson, of Harlow’s Local Policing Team, said: “These events are not welcome anywhere in the county, and we will be putting measures in place to prevent them from happening.
“These events are a danger to our communities. Not only do you risk the further spread of Covid-19, but the violence and drug-taking associated with these events are well-documented.
“My team in Harlow are working quickly to prevent this event from going ahead, but if revellers choose to go elsewhere in the county, Essex Police will find you there, too.”