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Dispersal order in place for unlicensed music event in Harlow

Crime / Sat 29th Aug 2020 at 05:03pm

A DISPERSAL order has been put in place in #Harlow following reports of a planned unlicensed music event.

Officers attended a warehouse near Burnt Mills earlier this afternoon, Saturday August 29, and have started the process of shutting down the event.

They are taking a robust approach by dispersing groups and will be stopping vehicles and using powers, including the issuing of new fines of £10,000, to prevent any unauthorised event from going ahead.

The dispersal order means that they 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 30 August, 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.” 

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