Police attacked and two people arrested at illegal rave in Bristol

Police attacked and two people arrested as illegal rave takes place in Bristol

Avon and Somerset police were called to an illegal rave at approximately 10.30pm on Saturday night in Millbrook Road, Yate, near Bristol.

Officers who received the call arrived at the scene to discover hundreds of partygoers along with several vehicles and immediately issued a dispersal notice to break up the party.

Although units were deployed and roads closed in the immediate vicinity large groups of people kept on arriving to the massive rave on foot.

The police force said “A number of the people being prevented from entering the premises became hostile towards the police. Items, including lit spray cans and bottles, were thrown at police, some of whom were injured but remained on duty. A secure cordon was put in place by 4am, but it is estimated that approximately 500-700 people were on site.

While a number of people have left, it is believed a significant number remain within the premises.”

The local electric company, Western Power, were called in to cut the electricity supply to the building but even this did not deter the hardened partyers as they found a different souce to carry on playing their music.

Police then called for backup from neighbouring forces to close down the event and two people were arrested.

Mark Runacres, Chief Inspector, said “This has been an incredible challenging operation with a large number of people in a confined space and several officers being assaulted. We are working with neighbouring forces and the ambulance service to look to bring this event to a close in a controlled way that does not jeopardise the safety of people in the area. We’re sorry for the disruption caused by the selfish actions of the organisers of this event and those attending. This unlicensed event was organised in secret, despite people being fully aware of the ongoing risk to public health due to Covid-19. Their actions were wholly irresponsible and I am sure will disgust the overwhelming majority of people who are making huge sacrifices to limit the spread of the virus. Our investigations team will be involved in reviewing officers’ body-worn footage and other inquiries as we seek to take appropriate action against those responsible.”

The police have asked anyone with information to contact them.

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