Massive Illegal Rave Continues After Three Days Despite Police Efforts
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'Several hundred people' are still in attendance at an illegal rave which police have desperately been trying to shut down.
While many held quaint street parties and spent their four-day bank holiday weekend sipping some tea in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, others have been raving it up illegally on Davidstow Moor in Cornwall.
Despite police having turned up, the moorland rave has continued into its third day, with hundreds of partygoers having managed to stand their ground at the site and continue skanking to some tunes.
Video and pictures have emerged from inside an illegal rave in Cornwall which is still going on this morning. Police are also there. pic.twitter.com/qnuhNOGPdN— Plymouth Live (@Plymouth_Live) June 4, 2022
The illegal rave posed as a 'model exhibition'.
However, its pounding tunes, thousands of people – many of whom travelled from all across the UK – and hundreds of cars causing obstructions around the area soon gave it away.
It was also reported to authorities at around 10:00pm on Friday, 3 June.
Alas, police were faced with a difficult battle.
Even by the next morning there were still 'too many vehicles and people for police to deal with,' according to one local.
That same day, Saturday 4 June, a Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson stated: "The event is currently covering quite a large area and we believe there are several hundred people in attendance.
"A number of people have left this morning and others attempting to enter have been turned away."
Pictures from inside the rave grounds shows an event-scale setup, with huge speakers and a pirate-themed banner 🏴☠️— Cornwall Live (@CornwallLive) June 4, 2022
Meanwhile, dozens of tents are set up nearby while many continue to dance 🎪 pic.twitter.com/z9sKRyw20M
Locals have been left concerned over not just their own sleepless nights, but the wellbeing of the animals in surrounding fields.
Helen Parkyn took to Facebook: "God help the poor animals up there, they must be terrified. Farmers live stock under threat, let alone their land. God knows what will be left up there once these ignorant selfish morons have left."
Craig Martin, who runs the Moorgate Dog Training Field, noted the impact the festival has had on small businesses such as his own, which was forced to close over the bank holiday weekend because of the rave.
He also added: "I don’t want our local community to see the mess left behind from this party, so I’ll be up there on Monday with quad and trailer to collect rubbish."
Am I the only ine to think that the illegal rave going on in Cornwall at the moment is a promising sign that some people have still got some spirit!— Jason Harris (@borrieharris) June 4, 2022
Freedom may not be dead!
Lets have more of it👊
Police have warned motorists to expect delays around the area, urging them instead to try and simply avoid it.
Photographer Adrian Jasper told CornwallLive: "Every road and every corner is jammed solid with cars. [...] I've never seen anything like it."
In the meantime, roads and areas around the site have been cordoned off by police.
Police have even been 'drafted in from Plymouth' to help prevent people entering the rave, according to Jasper.
The area has been sealed off by police, who have blocked all of the road entrances to the wooded area where the rave is taking place 🌲🌲🌲— Cornwall Live (@CornwallLive) June 4, 2022
As of 10.30am, it's believed the rave remains in full swing 🕺🏿 pic.twitter.com/B9Z2FAaiVY
While police efforts to shut it down have proven futile, thankfully the event is set to end tomorrow anyway.
The police spokesperson concluded: "In the interest of public safety, we are asking anyone thinking about attending the event not to do so.
"I would like to reassure the local communities and wider public that we are taking this matter seriously and where appropriate, we will seek to action against those attending and running the event."