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Young people have been urged not to attend illegal raves, with one of London’s top police officials warning that new laws cracking down on them are inapplicable.

Legislation to help police fight those who flout coronavirus The rules went into effect on Friday, which means organizers of illegal raves could face fines of £ 10,000.

However, the chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, Ken Marsh, complained on Saturday that the law “might be good for areas outside London, but it means absolutely nothing to us here”.

“People just put up a music box in the middle of the street and say ‘it’s not mine’, that’s utter nonsense,” Marsh said.

Home Secretary Priti Patel defended the laws in a Daily Telegraph article, saying they represented a crackdown on “the most serious violations of social distancing restrictions.”

She added that the Metropolitan Police had responded to more than 1,000 of the “unacceptable” events since June.

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“Take seriously the risks you create,” Patel warned to those who organize raves.

Lancashire Constabulary Police Chief Andy Rhodes said confusion over lockdown rules was being used as an excuse by some to ignore distancing measures.

“We had people who clearly, perfumed, ignored the rules and organized a wedding for 200 people,” Mr. Rhodes said.

“There is no one anywhere who could misinterpret the current rules to say that 200 people in your back yard or in your house or in an area will be fine,” he added.

In the Daily Telegraph, Ms Patel said: “It is essential that you consider the potential impact of these events, otherwise we risk undoing all the hard work that the majority have done to stop the spread of this deadly virus.

“I urge you to seriously consider the risks you create for all involved, as well as for the community at large,” she added.

The new laws also mean that those who do not wear masks and people participating in illegal gatherings could be fined £ 100 for their first offense, doubling for each repeat offense to a maximum of £ 3,200.

Mr Rhodes said: “Since it is the bank holiday weekend, what we tell people is reasonable, respect the work that some people have put into trying to organize events in a reasonable way, if they are online, etc.

“Try to make the most of it, but do it within the law and do it safely, without risking a spike in infections in your local community, as we’ve seen all over the North —West how badly this can hurt the economy. , to vulnerable people.

“It takes away some of those freedoms that we’re starting to take back, so our message is to have fun, but do it sensibly and don’t go near anyone who is trying to organize illegal events. “

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