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Anyone organising an illegal rave in England could face a £10,000 fine under strict new lockdown rules.

England has seen a surge in unlicensed music events over the summer weeks, breaching restrictions on large gatherings.

Ahead of a further easing of England’s lockdown, Boris Johnson said that new fines are to be introduced for those hosting raves or other unlawful gatherings of more than 30 people.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said she would not allow progress in tackling the virus to be undermined by “a small minority of senseless individuals”.

“These measures send a clear message – if you don’t cooperate with the police and if you put our health at risk, action will follow,” she said. Illegal raveIt comes after police forces promised to increase patrols of potential hotspots for raves in the coming weeks, while police chiefs are asking the public for their support in preventing the spread of Covid-19 in the summer months.