Ugly scenes at illegal rave with 500 revellers as riot police hit with bottles
A shocking video shows the moment ravers flouting lockdown confront riot police, bombarding them with bottles and other lobbed missiles.
In the ugly clip, recorded at Thetford Forest in Norfolk, one person appears to rip a riot shield from a police officer, with others raising their middle fingers at officers in defiance.
Bottles and cans are thrown at officers and Norfolk Police had to draft in help from other forces to shut down the event, Mirror Online reports.
Luckily, no police officers were injured.
Around 500 people gathered for a rave which started at around 11pm on Saturday, police said.
New rules mean officers have the power to fine organisers of illegal gatherings with more than 30 people up to £10,000.
More than 100 Norfolk Police officers were sent to the site to break up the rave, which the force say was planned to carry on until Monday.
They said "a number" of arrests were made and sound equipment was seized.
Assistant Chief Constable Nick Davison said: "Due to the number of people in attendance, we needed specialist teams to enter the site to close it down.
"Officers trained in public order, experienced in dealing with such events, entered the site and turned the music off around 6.30pm (Sunday).
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"I would like to thank local residents for their patience and understanding while we brought this to an end.
"We know these events cause disruption which is why we’ve taken positive action to make sure the event didn’t go on into a second night.
"Due to the nature of the location and numbers of people in attendance, this was a challenging event to disrupt and required mutual aid from other forces which takes time to arrange.
"Officers did meet some hostility when entering the site with bottles and cans used as missiles and thrown at officers.
"Fortunately, no one was injured.
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"It’s extremely disappointing to see these types of events taking place when coronavirus continues to be a real threat to our communities.
"We’re working to identify the organisers and will do everything within our power, where evidence is available, to prosecute and bring them to justice."
The rave was one of several illegal gatherings over the weekend which saw £90,000 in fines dished out.
West Yorkshire Police said eight people were fined £10,000 after several parties across Headingley and Burley on Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday.
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The force also said one man was charged with causing a public nuisance after officers broke up a street party on Wepener Mount, Harehills, on Saturday.
Five other people at the party have been fined.
The Metropolitan Police said it had shut down 21 unlicensed music events, having had 58 reported to them on Saturday.
Elsewhere, two organisers at an illegal rave in South Wales that attracted an estimated 3,000 people – some of whom were thought to have travelled from elsewhere in the UK – were issued fixed penalty notices for £10,000.
Officers were planning to remain at the scene in Banwen in Neath Port Talbot throughout the night, saying around 1,000 people were still there on Sunday evening.
Superintendent Jason James said illegal events like that "have a significant impact on the community" and condemned those who gathered for being "irresponsible".
Meanwhile, thousands of pounds worth of equipment was also seized in the police crackdown in the Chapeltown area of Leeds and ahead of a planned unlicensed music event in Harlow, Essex on Saturday.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has said the new rules represent a crackdown on "the most serious breaches of social distancing restrictions".
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, she said: "We will not allow this breathtakingly selfish behaviour from a senseless minority to jeopardise the progress we have made together."
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