Hampshire Police Officers Attacked At Illegal Rave

Police have said they came under attack as they tried to stop an illegal rave in the countryside attended by up to 100 people.

Six officers sustained injuries, described as not serious, after allegedly having missiles thrown at them in Beacon Hill, Highclere, on the Hampshire/Berkshire border.

A 23-year-old man and 29-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of organising the unlicensed event. The woman, from Oxfordshire, was also held for suspected possession of class B drugs.

Officers from Hampshire and neighbouring Thames Valley Police were alerted to the rave at around midnight and say they attended to foil any disorder and disruption to local residents.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: "Officers were subjected to violence, including missiles thrown at them, which resulted in six officers sustaining non-serious injuries.

"It is believed between about 80 and 100 people attended the illegal event.

"We will continue to take every measure possible to prevent any such illegal music events from happening within the two counties of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the future.''

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