PROVIDING speakers to an illegal rave has cost a East Sussex equipment supplier £4,000.

A company that provided the equipment for an illegal rave in the Brecon Beacons last year has been fined.

The East Sussex equipment supplier has been fined £4,000 after providing equipment for a rave that was attended by approximately 3,000 people in Banwen, the Brecon Beacons.

Nigel Harris of Lewes, East Sussex, pleaded guilty at Swansea Magistrates’ Court to providing the speakers at the illegal rave.

Magistrates accepted that Harris had not been involved in any other aspect of the gathering.

The court heard how Harris believed the equipment was being used for a 21st birthday party, that would not breach Covid regulations.

Magistrates also ordered Harris to pay an additional £390 in court costs.

The fine came after tougher force came into action to crack down on those who organise and attend illegal gatherings while coronavirus restrictions were in place.

Ten defendants who attended the rave were also fined between £319 and £1,240 each by Swansea Magistrates earlier this year.

South Wales Police critised those that attended the event labelling them ‘irresponsible’.

At the time of the event, eight people were fined £10,000 and multiple people were arrested on drug driving and public order offences by the force.