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Arrest powers granted for Hackney Marshes after spate of gatherings

PUBLISHED: 14:28 12 June 2020 | UPDATED: 09:31 15 June 2020

The aftermath of the party on Hackney Marshes on May 18. Picture: Hackney Council

The aftermath of the party on Hackney Marshes on May 18. Picture: Hackney Council

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People gathering for unlicensed raves on Hackney Marshes now face arrest.

The aftermath of the party on Hackney Marshes on May 18. Picture: Hackney CouncilThe aftermath of the party on Hackney Marshes on May 18. Picture: Hackney Council

Hackney Council has successfully secured an injunction from the court giving police officers the power to arrest people on Hackney Marshes for engaging in certain activities.

These include attending unlicensed raves; damaging the fauna or flora; selling or inhaling nitrous oxide, laughing gas or CO2; playing amplified music; lighting fires; leaving litter; or driving a vehicle into the area.

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The powers are in place until June 8.

It comes after between 300 and 400 people flocked to the Marshes on May 30 for a barbecue and loud music, leaving Hackney Council to clear up litter left behind.

Cllr Caroline Selman, Hackney’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “This is a temporary measure to support powers that are already in place in nearby Wick Woodland - which were backed by residents in consultation and which have proved effective - as we explore longer-term options.”


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