A WOMAN has been arrested after more than 300 people attended a silent disco despite coronavirus rules.
The 50-year-old was quizzed by detectives after ravers flocked to the party which had a specialised sound system and alcohol illegally on sale at the industrial site.
It comes after tough new measures were introduced giving police the power to fine organisers of illegal raves £10,000 for flouting social distancing rules.
Police are seeking to have the funds made from the event, which took place at Twyford Industrial Estate in Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, frozen as part of a wider investigation.
Officers who attended the event were first told it would be a “small gathering for a wedding party” and “social distancing measures would be in place”.
It later transpired that a silent disco was being held – with more than 300 revellers crammed into the unit.
Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “Officers from East Herts Scorpion team made the arrest in south west London on Friday.
“The woman was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and offences against the Licensing Act 2003.
“During a subsequent search of an address, evidence was seized as part of an investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in relation to an unlicensed music event.
“The event took place on the evening of Sunday August 30 into Monday August 31 in an industrial premise in Bishop’s Stortford, where more than 300 people were in attendance at a silent disco.”
Chief Superintendent Richard Liversidge said: “This is clear evidence that Hertfordshire Constabulary will pursue relentlessly and bring to justice any offenders who intend to organise similar events across Hertfordshire.”
Chief Inspector Stuart Orton, the District Policing Commander for East Herts added: “In the current climate with COVID circulating ever more virulently in the community, and the latest legislative changes from HM Govt. regarding the permitted size of gatherings, it is imperative that the public abide by social distancing regulations.
“Breaches will be dealt with robustly and to the full extent of the law.”
As part of a crackdown on illegal raves, police have asked people to look out for signs of the parties including cropped bolts on gates, flattened or disturbed hedgerows, and people in vehicles stopping to look into a field.
Other common indicators include people climbing over a fences to look into a field, posters or social media messages advertising a large gathering, vehicles entering fields or open spaces and people unloading sound equipment.