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UPDATE: Planned illegal rave in Blackpool area

Alert message sent 20/06/2020 13:12:00

Information sent on behalf of Lancashire Constabulary

Dear Citizen

You may have seen our previous messages about reports of a planned illegal rave in the Blackpool area last night (Friday, June 19th).

The event had been advertised on Instagram and when it was brought to our attention a significant policing operation was put into place.

We are now pleased to report that the event did not go ahead. However, we hope that our response to the plans has demonstrated the serious approach Lancashire Police will take to any illegal events that pose a risk to people's health and safety.

Similar events across the region have already proved to be unsafe and we would like to stress that the law around gatherings of more than six people, to protect everyone from coronavirus, is also still in place. While we have always taken a proportionate approach to how we police these regulations throughout the pandemic, we will not allow people to organise significant illegal gatherings purely for gain.

We understand that it has been a difficult time recently, particularly for young people who won't have been able to socialise with their friends in the way they are used to, but the coronavirus regulations are still in place and the virus definitely hasn't gone away. Many areas of the North West are still seeing high infection rates.

We continue to urge anybody with information about these kinds of events being planned to get in touch with us straight away. Similarly, anyone who sees any suspicious behaviour or significant gatherings around open land or buildings is asked to contact us. You can do so on 101.

An 18-year-old man from Thornton was arrested yesterday in connection with the organisation of last night's planned event and has since been released under investigation.

Many thanks.
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