Police were attacked with glass bottles last night as they busted a 150-strong crowd flouting COVID-19 lockdown rules at a warehouse party.
Police raided the illegal rave in Digbeth, Birmingham, and dished out £30,000 in fines after slapping individual punters with a £200 penalty notice.
Partygoers tried to barricade themselves inside the party’s base, a former tea factory used in Steven Spielberg’s 2018 film Ready Player One to stop police getting in.
Meanwhile ten riot vans and several police cars moved in as the chaos unfolded at around 9pm.
Four dog units arrived to control the crowd as officers wearing riot gear were pelted with glass bottles.
One officer also suffered injuries after being assaulted and a man, 36, is currently in custody for questioning.
West Midlands Police said on social media – An illegal rave in a disused warehouse party in Digbeth was discovered tonight. Around 150 people were inside, some started to throw glass bottles at cops.
All persons were led out in small numbers. Their details were taken and fixed penalty notices were issued for breaching lockdown restrictions. The fine is £200 to be paid within 28 days.
Paramedics arrived after a woman was brought out by officers with a suspected broken ankle. Other partygoers joined carrying bags of booze but made a quick getaway after spotting police.
The police eventually managed to breach the barricade and stop the music as more of their colleagues arrived.
Revelers were led from the building in groups of six and 100 fines were issued.
Police said they later recovered DJ equipment, Class A drugs and a knuckleduster from the building.
Chief Superintendent Andy Beard said: This was not only illegal but extremely dangerous for both those who attended and police officers.
It’s extremely disappointing that some are still not grasping that such events only increase the risk of spreading a deadly coronavirus.
It’s unacceptable when people recklessly ignore the rules and put themselves and others at risk of catching the virus. It’s also unacceptable that officers should be attacked while going about their duties.
We’ve seized equipment, drugs, and a weapon and we’ll be looking to ensure there will be no repeat again.
It comes as England sits in national lockdown, with household mixing indoors and large gatherings strictly banned.
Birmingham is set to move into tough Tier 3 when the restrictions end on Wednesday, meaning popping to the pub and mixing inside will still not be possible.