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Illegal rave: 400 people turned away and two arrested

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 02, 2013

Illegal rave: 400 people turned away and two arrested

Illegal rave: 400 people turned away and two arrested

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Around 400 people were turned away from an illegal rave in Lincolnshire, while two were arrested.

Saturday's planned event, at Sturton by Stow, was subject of police warnings for revellers to stay away.

And although 400 tried to get into the site, described by police as "dilapidated farm buildings", they were prevented from doing so.

The force added that the premises were not licensed, did not have fire safety measures or medical facilities in place and presented a "significant risk" to people.

Superintendent Phil Vickers, from Lincolnshire Police, said: "As we warned, every power available to us in law was used and we worked with partners at West Lindsey District Council to ensure the safety of those intending to access the site and enforce noise nuisance legislation.

"In advance, we told people not to waste their time and money because they would be turned away and that is exactly what happened.

"For example we stopped a car of people who had travelled in excess of 150 miles from Surrey.

"We had engaged with the organisers in advance, hoping that they would prevent people from wasting their journey, but they declined to do this.

"We had a number of checks in place on roads in the area and a significant volume of "Section 27" Orders were issued (requiring people leave the area as we believed there would be alcohol-related Anti-Social Behaviour).

"Cars were seized and two men were arrested - one on suspicion of drink driving and one for possession of an offensive weapon and controlled drugs.

"Our clear message to organisers of any similar events in the future is that this is the Policing response they can expect to be greeted with - Unlicensed music events and raves that present a risk to those attending, as well as significant disruption to rural communities will be Policed robustly in Lincolnshire."

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  • axelmoore  |  December 04 2013, 4:19AM

    In a society where certain sections are not paying taxes, exploiting expenses, facilitating others to not pay tax, creating poverty and suffering, allowing racism and sexist policies and employment legislation. Its nice to see the police have their priorities strait - stopping people have a dance and a beer.

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  • Pete67  |  December 03 2013, 8:13AM

    BobDylan - - - Now be a good quiet little boy as people don't like it. LOL! It's about time they remembered what fun is.

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  • Pete67  |  December 03 2013, 8:10AM

    It seems going by the reds that people don't believe in the truth well try - http://tinyurl.com/q4p3zgo - http://tinyurl.com/noxpagz - There are also many more accounts of it. I personally got it first on the TV news.

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  • JaneThompson  |  December 02 2013, 7:40PM

    Well done police. If they want an event they can organise it legally.

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  • BobDylan  |  December 02 2013, 7:08PM

    Police are only happy if everyone stays in every night watching coronation street.. slave to money then you die, Time for a revolution!

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  • Pete67  |  December 02 2013, 6:55PM

    Funny they can turn people away from a rave, but when a 'real crime' has been committed they do nothing. In the last few years at a Rolling Stones concert two of the group were seen smoking while playing on stage, and when the police were asked why they didn't arrest them they said it was 'because no one had complained'. The police were there to uphold the law, and it is now an offence to smoke within a building therefore in that case the police were complacent to the crime by not doing their duty. Maybe the Rolling Stones should have organised the rave then it would undoubtedly have gone ahead.

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