Prosecution for illegal Clapham Common event

5 December 2016

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An illegal event held on Clapham Common that attracted an estimated 3,000 people has resulted in the organiser being successfully prosecuted by Lambeth Council.

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Prosecution for illegal Clapham Common event

David Redhead was ordered to pay costs of £478.00 and compensation for clean-up costs of £2,412.20 at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on November 18. Redhead of Milwards in Harlow, Essex attended and pleaded guilty to carrying out an unlicensed regulated entertainment on Clapham Common on May 1, 2016.

Word from the Cabinet

Cllr Mohammed Seedat, Cabinet Member for Healthier and Stronger Communities, said: “This unlicensed event resulted in disturbances for local people and mess on the common which the council then had to clean up at public expense.

“Mr Redhead heavily promoted the event on social media and attracted a large crowd.

“Lambeth Council carefully manages all events on Clapham Common, requiring organisers go through a well-established application process to ensure only safe and well run events take place.

“Attempts were made to contact Mr Redhead beforehand to highlight his obligations as an event organizer. But no response was forthcoming.”