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6 March 2012, 11:15
Thames Valley Police have revealed their officers had a car driven at them as they tried to break up an illegal rave in Milton Keynes.
Officers were also pelted with bottles, coins and pallets as they moved in to close down the gathering at a warehouse on Deans Road, Old Wolverton, in the early hours of Sunday 4 March 2012.
A police spokesman said some officers had a car driven at them at speed and another officer was confronted by 30 people while he was on his own after the rave was discovered at about 1.30am.
With the help of the Chiltern Air Support Unit the rave was shut down at about 4am. Police said one person was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.
Superintendent Nikki Ross, Local Police Area commander for Milton Keynes, said: “Various warehouses in the city have been used by rave organisers already this year and my officers were patrolling to ensure none would take place on Saturday night when they identified this one in the early hours of Sunday.
“However, when they attempted to bring it to a close they were confronted with a number of people intent on committing violent disorder.
“I would like to applaud the bravery of my officers, who were confronted by around 200 people who were throwing bottles, coins and pallets.
“Some officers had a car driven at them at speed and another single officer was confronted by around 30 people intent on violence. They arrived at around 1.30am and the rave continued inside the warehouse while the disorder took place outside until we managed to gain access at 4am.
“The message is simple: we will not allow Milton Keynes to become a place where illegal raves take place and anyone who thinks they can come to the city, trespass on private property and organise a party can expect to be dealt with severely.
“This event was unannounced and planned to take place on private property. I would appeal for anyone who saw the organisers arrive, or who witnessed any of the disorder, to phone Det Insp Nick Glister on our non-emergency number 101.”