HUNDREDS of people gathered for a weekend rave in a city park.

Police shut down the party in Stanmer Park at 2.30am on Sunday after a tip-off from a member of the public.

Officers dispersed 200 people and seized a “significant amount” of sound equipment as well as a generator.

If found, those responsible for the party will face a £10,000 fine.

Sergeant Karen Osborn said: “The earlier that we hear about raves occurring, the more likely it is that we are able to act quickly to nip them in the bud.

“Raves are spontaneous by their very nature and once established, especially during the hours of darkness, they are very difficult to close down safely.

“However, they are unlicensed and there are no controls over health and safety or facilities to ensure the welfare of those who are attending these sort of events.

“On top of that, with the country in the grip of a worldwide coronavirus pandemic, such gatherings take no account of social distancing measures, are illegal and completely irresponsible.”

Anyone with information about the organisation of the rave is asked to report online or alternatively call 101 quoting serial 157 of 25/10.

Sgt Osborn added: “While rave organisers and those who attend see no harm in their unlicensed and illegal activities, these events can cause an immense amount of disruption to communities.”