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Police boot 500 ravers out of Swanley industrial unit after ‘unlicensed music event’ leads to 12 arrests

PUBLISHED: 08:41 07 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:04 07 August 2017

Officers discovered up to 500 people had entered a Swanley industrial unit without the owner’s consent for an unlicensed music event

Officers discovered up to 500 people had entered a Swanley industrial unit without the owner’s consent for an unlicensed music event

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Officers were called to Mark Way just after midnight on Sunday

Attempts to clear a 500-strong rave from a Swanley industrial unit took up to seven hours on Sunday morning, as police made 12 arrests.

Police were called to Mark Way at around 12.18am on Sunday, August 6, where they discovered hundreds of people using an industrial unit without the owner’s consent for an unlicensed music event.

Kent Police worked with British Transport Police to assure all of the attendees could leave the area safely on the first available trains.

The force confirmed the industrial site had cleared by 7am, but online footage reveals hundreds of ravers running away from the scene of the rave, heading towards Swanley High Street and the town’s train station.

All 12 arrests, most of whom were from outside Kent, were made on suspicion of drug possession, criminal damage, theft and public nuisance offences.

An 18-year-old man from Orpington was arrested for criminal damage and public nuisance, while a Gravesend boy, 17, was arrested for burglary and public nuisance.

Det supt Ann Lisseman said: “Although unlicensed music events in Kent are thankfully rare, they can cause a number of issues, including damage, noise, and disorder. They attract large numbers to unoccupied properties which can cause safety issues for those attending, especially if the building has not been maintained.

“In this case, it was a new building, and sadly for the owners a large amount of damage was caused during the event.

“We urge people to only attend lawful and licensed music events and ask parents to ensure they know where their children are and make them aware of the potential dangers and consequences of attending unlicensed events.

“I hope that the message following this recent event is clear: We recognise the detrimental effect unlicensed events can have on a community, we do not tolerate disorder and we will take action against anyone who breaks the law.”

The 10 remaining suspects arrested at the scene were from Beckton, Dagenham, London, Middlesex, Surrey and Welwyn Garden City

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