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Police break up illegal rave in Whissendine, Rutland

More than 700 people attended an illegal rave in Whissendine over the weekend.

Police were called to break up the event on Saturday night after residents complained about the noise.

Aside from loud music, fireworks were being let off. Despite the police presence, people continued partying until lunchtime on Sunday.

Some people took to Twitter to thank police for their actions.

One said: "Thought you were doing a great job this morning. Thanks for letting me pass and I didn’t knock any of the ‘ravers’ over."

Another expressed concern about a lack of police resources, saying: "Appreciate you’ve done the very best you can under extremely trying circumstances. You always do.

"However, another way needs to be found to help you do the job I know you want to do.

"Otherwise this area will become known as one where such lawlessness goes unchallenged and unpunished."

A Leicestershire Police spokesman said: “Officers were made aware of a report of an illegal rave in land off Stapleford Road, Whissendine, Rutland, at 12.10am yesterday morning (Sunday 27 October).

“Officers attended the location and remained there to prevent anyone gaining access to the rave, and managing those who are leaving in a safe manner.

“Reports suggest there were more than 700 people at the location overnight.

“No arrests were made and officers worked closely with partner agencies including the council who were aware of the activity.

“Our attendance was managed in the safest way possible. There were a significant number of people at the location and public and officer safety was being continuously monitored by officers on the ground so we could do what we can.”

Did you hear the rave? Did you attend? E-mail suzanne.moon@iliffepublishing.co.uk with your views and photos.

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