1000 At Illegal Rave
29 October 2012, 12:11
Police have described as 'unacceptable' an illegal rave that saw around a thousand people crowd into a barn on the Buckinghamshire/Northamptonshire border.
Thames Valley Police were called to an area of Weston Underwood near Olney, Milton Keynes, at 1am on Sunday 28 October 2012. The event caused problems with parking and traffic.
Once police arrived, officers carried out an operation to make sure no more people turned up at the venue. Organisers told them the music would be switched off in the middle of Sunday afternoon and everyone attending would leave the area by 3pm.
Supt Barry Halliday, the Milton Keynes Local Police Area Commander, said: "As soon as we became aware of the rave together with our colleagues from Northamptonshire Police we responded promptly with a significant number of officers to ensure those numbers did not increase and we utilised our powers available to us to minimise disruption.
“Police do not consider this type of activity to be acceptable. It has caused a lot of concern among local residents as well as considerable traffic and parking issues.
"We fully understand the impact these types of events cause to our communities and will review the event and seek to investigate fully any offences disclosed.
"I am very grateful for the assistance provided by Northamptonshire Police and also the local community who have been affected by this unlawful activity."