UPDATE: Officers came under attack from 200 people at illegal rave in Twyford Woods
An estimated 200 people attacked police as they tried to deal with an illegal rave at Twyfood Woods, near Bourne, last night (Saturday), resulting in three officers and a police dog being injured.
A statement released by Lincolnshire Police has revealed about 1,000 people were at the ‘large’ rave, which the force were called to at about 11pm, following reports of ‘loud noise and anti-social behaviour’.
The statement said: “Police attended and found a large and illegal rave and the officers came under attack from an estimated 200 or so of the estimated 1000 or so who were at the site.
“As a result, three officers and a police dog were injured. One officer has a serious but not life threatening injury the other two officers have minor injuries. All the injuries were a result of missiles thrown from the crowd.”
Four people have been arrested, including three women aged 18, 20 and 21, from the Norfolk area and a man whose details are not available at the moment.
Police have urged people who were thinking of attending not to, adding: “They will be stopped from getting to the site by police.”
A number of sound amplification systems and generators were also seized and police remain at the site today.
A full investigation will now be carried out.
Forces also closed the A1 for a short while last night because of concerns over public safety.
The statement said the force was able to mobilise enough resources to deal with the situation due to some ‘regional collaboration efforts’.
They said: “This event at Twyford Woods is unsafe and puts those attending at risk and we will do our utmost to bring this illegal gathering to an end and ensure public safety.
Lincolnshire Police have confirmed that this weekend they had policed one planned major event – the super rally at the Lincolnshire showground which has continued without incident.
They said a ‘legally arranged rave’ at Swinderby, had not required policing.
The statement added: “These events were planned and subject to scrutiny by the Safety Advisory Group to ensure all measures for public safety were taken.”
Keep checking our website for further details as they are released.