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Birmingham police drone uses thermal imaging to reveal more than 300 illegal ravers

Police drone uses thermal imaging technology to reveal more than 300 illegal ravers flouting lockdown rules in Birmingham

  • The illegal gathering come as coronavirus infections in Birmingham skyrocketed
  • West Midlands Police busted the huge DJ-led block party in the city centre Friday
  • Drone images show the Covidiots partying hard into the early hours of Saturday

Shocking images show more than 300 revellers flouting restrictions by holding raves for the second weekend in a row in Birmingham.

The illegal gatherings come as coronavirus cases in the city have rocketed from 13.8 per 100,000 people to 28.1.

West Midlands Police busted the huge DJ-led block party in the city centre on Friday night.

Drone images show the large groups of revellers partying hard into the early hours of Saturday.

The illegal gatherings come as coronavirus cases in the city have rocketed from 13.8 per 100,000 people to 28.1

The illegal gatherings come as coronavirus cases in the city have rocketed from 13.8 per 100,000 people to 28.1

West Midlands Police busted the huge DJ-led block party in the city centre which took place on Friday night

West Midlands Police busted the huge DJ-led block party in the city centre which took place on Friday night

Superintendent Jack Hadley shared pictures from the drone and video from ground level of the rave which he said created a ‘huge amount of rubbish’.

He tweeted: ‘Op. Reliant officers have attended more than 80 incidents of large gatherings and unlicensed music events where people are flaunting covid regulations and causing significant disruption to the communities around them.

‘Such selfish behaviours will not be tolerated.

‘Our @WMPolice drone is gathering evidence to allow us to prosecute the organiser of this illegal music event.

‘This type of behaviour is dangerous and will not be tolerated! Officers are disrupting yet another ‘block party’ in Birmingham, 200 people crammed into communal area with sound systems.

‘A huge amount of rubbish has been left at this illegal music event in Hampton Street.

‘Complete and utter disregard for other people who may need to use this car park tomorrow!’

Pictures show the large groups of revellers partying hard into the early hours of Saturday

Pictures show the large groups of revellers partying hard into the early hours of Saturday

Superintendent Jack Hadley shared pictures from the drone and video from ground level of the rave which he said created a 'huge amount of rubbish'

Superintendent Jack Hadley shared pictures from the drone and video from ground level of the rave which he said created a ‘huge amount of rubbish’

West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson added: ‘Once again very grateful to staff dealing with unlicensed events under #operationreliant.

‘There is no place for these in a pandemic and they stop officers dealing with other calls for people in need.’

The raves come a week after police busted 125 separate parties which took place across the city.

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