Illegal rave equipment discovered in disused railway tunnel

Equipment that could have been used for an illegal rave, breaching Covid-19 restrictions, has been found in a disused railway tunnel in Dulwich Wood.

Met officers from Lambeth and Southwark, working with Southwark Council’s Wildlife Department, found and seized the equipment that could have been used to hold an unlicensed music event  in the disused railway tunnel.

DJ stage set up inside the tunnel

When officers and council officials attended the tunnel on Wednesday, January 6, they found locks on the gates.

Upon forcing entry, they found sound equipment, barriers, a temporary bar and a DJ table all set up.

There was also a large black curtain obscuring the entrance so the event would not have been visible.

All the equipment was seized and has been taken to a South London police station.

Police Sergeant Jonathan Adams, who covers the Dulwich Safer Neighbourhoods Wards, said: “This old railway tunnel was known to us as a place where people were holding unlicensed music events and most likely spreading Covid and putting themselves and others at risk.

“Not only would they have angered local residents by hosting this illegal event, but the tunnel is a protective site for bats, proving that unlicensed music events don’t only disrupt humans, but also the local and unique wildlife that live there.”

DJ stand and television

Cllr Evelyn Akoto, Cabinet Member for Public Health & Community Safety, said: “I’m horrified that anyone would have such little regard for themselves or others, that they’d attend an illegal rave at the height of a pandemic.

“We continue to support the police in finding and shutting down locations where illegal raves might be held. Only by working together can we prevent such dangerous, thoughtless and illegal events from happening.”


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