Police swamped by illegal party reports

Police are being swamped by the number of illegal lockdown gatherings across the West Midlands – as more than 100 revellers were said to have attended a Tuesday night house party. Chief constable Dave Thompson said the force was receiving “extremely high” numbers of reports of meet-ups in defiance of the coronavirus rules. And he admitted officers could not attend them all – but insisted complaints were not being “ignored”.

His comments came on Twitter in reply to reports of a huge illegal house party in Bilhay Street, West Bromwich, late on Tuesday night, June 30. Sandwell Crime Prevention Panel said elderly residents were unable to sleep and were forced endure music after 10pm. A spokesman for the independent charity, which promotes crime prevention in the borough, claimed West Midlands Police was not listening to itsconcerns.

It tweeted said: “Well West Midlands Police don’t listen when people try to report an illegal gathering of 100+ people gathering inside one house.

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“It is for the elderly residents of Bilhay Street, West Bromwich, who we are currently receiving many complaints from who are trying to sleep above loud music at 10pm on a Tuesday evening. “If a car is passing the area could they possibly have a polite word with them? It would be appreciated greatly.”

Replying to the thread, Mr Thompson said the force has been inundated with calls regarding raves over the weekend and they were having to prioritise the ones officers attended. He said: “I don’t know about your case but we are having extremely high numbers of these cases reported at weekends as well as vehicle gatherings etc.. I assure you they are not being ignored but we are having to assess those we attend given the staff needed.

It’s an odd time.” His comments came less than a week after residents in Erdington were left furious that no officers were sent to break up a “rave” which went on into the early hours in a park. But the force instead put a drone up to monitor the gathering at Sorrel Park, on Thursday night, June 25.

But no officers were sent to the scene despite a number of calls from nearby residents who complained of noise into the early hours, blocked roads and yob behaviour – including people urinating outside their homes. The event was the second illegal meet-up at the park in less than a week, following an earlier event last Saturday night. Police have now pledged to step up patrols.

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West Midlands Police Supt Sean Kent said: “Events like this are illegal.

They are unacceptable at any time but even more so during a pandemic in which large gatherings are banned to help stop the spread of a killer virus. “We are taking steps to deploy significant extra resources, including our drone and dogs units, to ensure public safety and minimise the risk of any anti-social behaviour, noise pollution and crime that can result from these type of unlicensed events. “We are sending a strong warning to those thinking about attending such events – you could face enforcement action and receive a criminal record. 

“Anyone who is found organising these kind of events also faces the prospect of us seizing equipment and prosecution.

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“Finally, we’re calling on the public to help us. If you have any intelligence or hear about an event taking place, please get in touch with us so we can prevent it and ultimately save lives. “The key to stopping these events is early intelligence.”

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It has all the latest updates from police and local magistrates courts and crown courts. We also have a free app which you can download to get the most up-to-date news from across the region. Find it on Google Play Store and App Store Supt Kent added: “There are no safety measures in place at these unauthorised events.

“If anything goes wrong and you, or your son or daughter, are attending, the emergency services might not be able to help you as quickly as normal. “The illegal rave in Manchester not only ended in one man dead, but another stabbed and there was a report of a serious sexual offence against a woman. “These are not safe events and parents should be actively deterring their children from attending.

“Everyone needs to act responsibly to keep our communities safe.”

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