Tamworth man charged following illegal rave near Whittington

Sunday, 14th June 2020

A MAN from Tamworth has been charged following a gathering of more than 1,000 people in Brookhay Lane near Whittington in the early hours of this morning.

Jordan Jewkes, 18, of Medina, Tamworth, was arrested at the gathering at 0145 BST and has been charged with assaulting a police officer (spitting) and being drunk and disorderly at the Whittington incident.

He is due to appear before Cannock Magistrates’ Court at 0930 BST on Wednesday 17 June.

Officers began dispersing a large group of people gathering in Brookhay Lane, Whittington, near Lichfield.

A call was received at 2315 BST last night (13 June) reporting a gathering of over 500 people.

Staffordshire Police said that when they arrived an ‘illegal rave’ was taking place.

Commenting on the incident they said: “The gathering breaches Coronavirus health regulations that prevent gatherings of more than six people to stop the spread of the virus which risks lives.”

The event was closed down by officers and those that were still arriving whilst police were there were being turned away.

Traffic on the nearby A38 had to be slowed down as a safety precaution and British Transport Police were also in attendance due to the nearby railway line.

Police had to re-attend Brookhay Lane at around lunchtime today (Sunday) due to a number of vehicles having been abandoned following the incident.

Some of the vehicles were causing an obstruction and have been recovered by the Police.

Unfortunately, those attending the incident also left a large amount of rubbish at the scene, including cans and bottles.

Luckily, community-spirited locals, assisted by Lichfield Round Table, Lichfield Ladies Circle and Lichfield Litter Legends stepped in to clear this up.

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