500 people descend on woods for illegal rave with fairy lights and DJ

Police have shut down an illegal rave after hundreds of revellers broke coronavirus restrictions to party into the early hours of the morning.

An estimated 500 youngsters converged on Epping Forest for the organised event held near the North Circular Road in north London.

The rave broke current government guidelines making it illegal for more than 30 people to gather in one place – unless social distancing measures are in place.

Footage from last night shows dozens of people crammed in together on the makeshift dance floor in the woods, which boasted huge speakers and fairy lights weaved through the trees.

A DJ was seen blaring music as police tried to disperse the crowd at about 2.30am.

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A Met Police spokeswoman said attempts to shut down the rave had been ‘relatively successful’.

Nearby residents made up to eight noise complaints with police before the crowd was moved on.

The rave was reportedly held near a busy road to mask some of the sound from the music.

Police later received a number of reports of drunken revellers walking along the A406.

Photos taken last night show partygoers gathering on the pavement after the party was shut down.

In England, people over 18 can be fined up to £100 the first time they break Covid-19 restrictions, rising to £200 for the second offence.

Met officers are encouraged to ‘engage, explain and encourage’ people to stop breaking the rules.

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