Police have thwarted a huge illegal rave for more than a thousand people on moorland near Oldham.
Following a tip-off that a group of 30 to 40 young people were seen heading into Crompton Moor near Shaw last night, officers were dispatched to the scene.
Police imposed a dispersal order and turned a number of others away as they arrived at the scene.
Officers also seized large speakers and they are now trying to identify and track down the organisers.
They believe, due to the location of the planned rave, more than a thousand people could have attended the event, a clear breach of lockdown rules.
Residents called police at around 10.30pm yesterday to report that a group of 30 to 40 people were heading into Crompton Moor for an unlicensed music event even though it was only 6C at the time.
Officers were called and imposed a ‘section 35’ dispersal order under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
They turned a number of people away as they were arriving, mostly young adults in taxis.
Chief Superintendent Chris Allsop told the M.EN: Obviously, people gathering like that are putting themselves in danger because of the terrain but putting the lives of loved ones in danger in terms of the on-going threat of Covid.
“It was clear the event was stopped before it started. Our focus was on the safety of people and to make sure nobody else arrived.
“We are determined to bring to account the people who organised it and brought people into danger. I would like to thank members of the public who enabled us to take such swift, early action.”
He described the actions of the organisers as ‘shameful’.
The region was blighted during the summer by a series of illegal lockdown raves in Carrington, Daisy Nook Country Park in Failsworth and in Moss Side that ended in violence.
Cheriff Tall, 21, and Abayomi ‘Junior’ Ajose, 36, were both shot dead during a lockdown party in a car park off Caythorpe Street in Moss Side in the early hours of June 21.
Anyone with information about the organisers of the Crompton Moor rave can contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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