Unlicensed Music Events

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 18th September 2020.

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Photo of Joanne McCartney Joanne McCartney Labour

What steps has the Met Police taken to stop and prevent unlicensed music events? How many such events have been reported to the police in Enfield & Haringey?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

In order to stop and prevent unlicensed music events (UMEs), the MPS set up a dedicated response involving senior leaders from each borough and a central response overseen by experienced senior public order commanders. The MPS also briefed staff regarding their powers and the risks UMEs pose; increased local engagement; and worked with partners to identify and deter organisers. When the public have reported ongoing or planned UMEs, they have responded quickly with local officers. Additionally, the MPS and local authorities jointly agreed a UME protocol which has greatly facilitated multi-agency working on this matter. The early identification and attendance at UMEs have prevented many from escalating and has significantly reduced the demand posed by the increase of UMEs from the peak in mid-August.

During the period 25th June 2020 – 31st August 2020 the number of UME tagged incidents in Enfield and Haringey was 148.  This does not, however, mean that there were 148 UMEs as a large proportion of the tagged incidents were not actually UMEs when attended and assessed by police.