People of colour more likely to be fined for lockdown raves

People of colour were more likely than white people to be fined for attending illegal raves or other events featuring “amplified music” during Covid lockdowns in England and Wales, data has shown.

According to figures released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council under freedom of information laws, 441 fines were issued to people across England and Wales for attending events involving “amplified music” between the introduction of lockdown rules in March 2020 and the lifting of restrictions in July 2021.

Black, Asian and mixed race people accounted for more than a third of these fines, despite making up less than 15% of the overall UK population.