Police fight to stop illegal rave in the Forest of Dean and warn it will take ‘some time’ to clean up the crowns of closed partygoers
- Gloucestershire Constabulary says ‘high volume’ people are around for ‘rave’
- Officers are located at the beauty spot near the spreaders of Speculation Car Park
- Police chiefs warn today that it will “probably take some time” to resolve the incident
The police are in a fight this morning to shut down an illegal rave at a well-known beauty spot after a ‘large’ number of lockdown revelers gathered last night.
Officers say it will likely take “some time” to distribute the unlicensed party, which took place overnight in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.
People are advised to avoid the beauty spot, one of England’s leftover ancient forests, as police try to disperse revelers.
Gloucestershire Constabulary said in a tweet, “Police are currently in the Forest of Dean near the Speculation Car Park spreading a rave.
“People are advised not to visit the area because of Covid’s safety and risks.”
Officers say it will likely take ‘some time’ to distribute the unlicensed party that took place overnight in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire
They added that it would “probably take some time” to resolve the incident.
A Gloucestershire police spokesman said the operation was “relatively successful” and “came to an end.”
No arrests have been made yet, although details of any arrests will be released later today.
Meetings of more than 30 people are still banned in England under government-simplified locks.
Unlicensed raves are illegal under the Entertainment (Increased Penalties) Act, which was enacted in 1990.
Those hosting such events can be fined up to £ 20,000.
The Forest of Dean rave has followed a number of similar events since the lockdown began.
Last month, it was two men arrested after two 15-year-old boys were stabbed in a rave in Westcliff, Essex.
Essex police were called at about 7pm yesterday for reports of a large group of people fighting, including some with weapons, at Chalkwell Esplanade near Chalkwell Rail Station
One of the 15-year-olds was injured in the head and leg, while the other was stabbed in the arm. Their injuries are categorized as non-life threatening
Police officers ran for safety from aggressive crowds that pelted them with bottles in South London during an illegal rave in June.
Shocking body-cam footage released last month by the Metropolitan Police showed that members of the armed forces were fleeing for cover after angry yak bottles and other objects started firing at them during an illegal rave on a Brixton estate on June 25.
The scenes, in which 22 officers were injured and police vehicles were vandalized, come after police figures reveal that around 530 illegal raves were organized in London last month.