The operation, near Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, was conducted on Sunday morning. The police deployed thermal imaging drones to track people trying to flee through the roof, according their own report.
An estimated 150 people were found spread across two floors of the establishment, with around a third of them managing to escape. The police issued fines of £200 ($280) to 70 visitors, while the DJ could face a £10,000 ($14,000) penalty.
The illegal nightclub had its own gym, a recording studio, and a VIP area. Getting the building under control was not without difficulties for law enforcement. Some officers were pelted with bottles, and one suffered a minor injury when people trying to break out smashed open a door.
A separate raid on Saturday night was conducted in the Dudley Port area of the British city. The owner of an illegal club, which they found in a garage workshop – and which was named ‘The Covid Arms’, no less – was issued a £1,000 ($1,400) fine. A dozen patrons were let go with a warning after being lectured on the dangers of Covid-19, according to footage released by the police.
Media-boosted police raids targeting lockdown-breaking revelers have become regular events in the UK, as the government struggles to convince a portion of the population that they cannot behave as if the epidemic didn’t exist. The situation is no different in some other European countries, where a number of folks apparently simply cannot live without an occasional ‘orgy’.