Police Raid Illegal Rave In Carpetright Store
On Saturday night, police descended on an illegal rave where more than 1,000 people had taken over a disused retail store.
Footage has emerged on social media of party-goers packing into a derelict Carpetright warehouse in Strood Retail Park, Kent, for a 'suspected unlicensed music event'.
Police were called at about 11.30pm after they received reports of anti-social behaviour from people attending the site.
One man was arrested and the whole building was cleared, which had had a full lighting rig and sound system set up.
Videos show people dancing to drum and bass inside the store, with an impressive light show and makeshift decks.
People can be seen squeezing under a half opened shutter into the warehouse, before police arrive to shut it down.
After leaving the party, people could be seen walking towards the train station. As reported by Kent Live, police confirmed a 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit a public order offence and supplying a psychoactive substance (nitrous oxide).
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Police spokesman Steve Knight said: "Kent Police officers attended Strood Retail Park following reports of antisocial behaviour by young people travelling to the location.
"It was established that a suspected unlicensed music event was being held inside a disused warehouse with a significant number of people in attendance.
"Officers remained at the location to prevent any potential breach of the peace, ensure public safety and identify if any criminal offences had been committed.
"Inquiries are ongoing."
According to the news outlet, police were still in attendance on Sunday morning.
Another similar incident happened last year, when police shut down an illegal Easter Bank Holiday party in a former Toys R Us store in West London. Five people were arresting with authorities even seizing their sound system.
That left the party-goers with little to no chance of a party at 'Raves R Us', as the famous toy brand's logo was edited to say, apparently as a bit of banter by the operators of the police department's Twitter account.
#ResponseTeamC and #ResponseTeamB have disrupted an unlicensed music event in #Hounslow and five arrests made. #411TX pic.twitter.com/pwHbRxKCCA
- Hounslow MPS (@MPSHounslow) March 31, 2018
The police later warned potential attendees on Twitter not to travel to the area as police were turning people away.
The massive rave, as it had been planned, didn't even have the chance to get started at the boarded-up Toys R Us at Hounslow's Bulls Bridge Industrial Estate before the police showed up.
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