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ILLEGAL RAVE: Investigation continues into unlicensed music event near County Durham

ILLEGAL RAVE: Investigation continues into unlicensed music event near County Durham

Image: Northumbria Police

An investigation is continuing into an illegal rave that was planned for a derelict building in the Northumberland countryside.

Northumbria Police revealed on Saturday evening that they had busted the unlicensed music event near to the border of County Durham.

Officers had become aware of the planned ‘Covid Rave’ set to take place in a derelict building in Northumberland, around five miles from Consett.

Hundreds of tickets had been sold advising revellers to travel to the rural countryside and await instruction for a more specific location.

But officers shut the event down before it even started – and took to social media to warn partygoers to stay home.

Those revellers who did arrive at the scene late on Saturday evening were faced with a swarm of police officers and their vans.

Musical equipment, nitrous oxide and small quantities of suspected Class A drugs were seized by officers, with the support of officers at Durham Constabulary.

Four men were arrested on suspicion of drug and public order offences. A fifth man was arrested for trespassing. All five have been reported for breaching Coronavirus legislation.

Enquiries into the organisation of the event is ongoing and a number of further Coronavirus breaches will be processed in the coming days.

Assistant Chief Constable Neil Hutchison, of Northumbria Police, has further condemned the actions of those who set up the event, and those who bought tickets.

He said: “Our investigation into this event is well under way and not only have we made a number of arrests, but we have conducted searches at four properties in our force area.

“Musical equipment has been seized as well as a quantity of drugs and I would expect further seizures to take place throughout the course of our investigation.

“This event was widely marketed, flyers were distributed and tickets were sold to hundreds of people. It would be illegal even if we were not in the midst of the pandemic.

“But to host a rave while the entire region works hard to combat the spread of Coronavirus is wholly irresponsible and incredibly dangerous.

“Our communities are working hard to keep the most vulnerable among us safe and this type of behaviour undermines all of the sacrifices being made.

“Those behind this event will be dealt with robustly but those who bought tickets are not blameless and should consider the fact they could be risking the lives of their loved ones.

“Stopping this event from taking place was the result of a lot of hard police work and we would ask the public to continue to report these kind of events so we can take action.”

The five men arrested – aged 30, 27, 26 23 and 23 – have all been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information about the rave, or any other unlicensed events, can report it online at the ‘Tell Us Something’ pages of the Northumbria Police website.

Words: Northumbria Police

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