Police break up illegal rave

PUBLISHED: 11:32 25 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:03 11 May 2010

POLICE were called to disperse over 200 party goers attending an illegal rave. Arrests were made when a large team from Cambridgeshire Police were called to the site of the rave, in a field off Litlington Road, Steeple Morden, on Sunday morning. The polic

POLICE were called to disperse over 200 party goers attending an illegal rave.

Arrests were made when a large team from Cambridgeshire Police were called to the site of the rave, in a field off Litlington Road, Steeple Morden, on Sunday morning. The police helicopter was also in attendance, and landed at the scene.

Many of the revellers fled when they spotted the police, leaving the owner of the field, Bernard Ingrey, with a massive clean up job.

Mr Ingrey said: "I saw what was going on when I went out on Sunday morning. We went down to the field afterwards and it was covered with rubbish. There's been a bit of damage caused to the crops in the field as well.

"My daughter and a friend of hers have been helping clear it up, and they've filled more than 45 sacks with rubbish. It's not the sort of stuff you want to be picking up without rubber gloves either."

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police said they first received reports of the rave from worried residents at 7.30am on Sunday morning, and rushed to the scene.

She said: "We had a large number of officers attending this incident, and the police helicopter landed in the field. We found more than 200 people, and about 70 vehicles at the site. They had smashed a padlock to gain access to the site.

"Although a lot of the people ran off when they saw us, we made several arrests and seized quite a lot of equipment used for the rave. We also took down number plate details from several vehicles which we will be following up on."

Six people were arrested for drug driving offences.

The spokesman added that although the number of illegal raves tends to increase during the summer months, the force's pro-active approach ensures they do not become a big problem in Crow country.

Anyone with information on further raves being planned in this area can contact Cambridgeshire Police on their non-emergency number, 0345 456 4564.

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