A POLICE investigation has been launched after an illegal rave was shut down in Northumberland.

Officers were called to reports of people gathering at a quarry near Matfen on Saturday night.

Police believe around 100 people were in attendance. 

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: "Shortly before 7pm on Saturday we received reports of people gathering near Mootlaw Quarry, Northumberland.

"Officers attended the scene and discovered an unlicensed music event was being held. The event was immediately shut down and equipment seized.

"An investigation into the incident has been launched and enquiries to locate the organiser are ongoing.

“We urge everyone to continue to adhere to the restrictions which are in place to protect our communities."

Under new rules introduced in August, Police in England are able to fine organisers of illegal gatherings of more than 30 people up to £10,000.

Last month, the organiser of a rave in Newcastle, attended by up to 300 people, was told they could face the maximum fine.