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Three charged after 500-strong Swanley rave causes £30,000 worth of damage

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 October 2017

Footage taken in Swanley on August 6. @AiryMoss

Footage taken in Swanley on August 6. @AiryMoss

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They have been bailed to appear in court next month

Three men will appear in court after an illegal music event saw ravers swarm down Swanley High Street.

Up to 500 people are thought to have entered an industrial unit in Mark Way, without the owner’s consent, on August 6.

Police were called to the rave at around midnight, and footage quickly surfaced online of crowds running along Swanley High Street, with one Twitter user asking: “Any idea why about 500 teenagers are running down the road in Swanley?”

A dozen people were arrested at the scene and officers seized music equipment, with Kent Police stating the event may have caused up to £30,000 worth of damage.

Two months on, police have charged three men with conspiracy to cause a public nuisance:

Germantas Citavicius, aged 19 of Thornton Heath, Tomas Rudzevicius, 20 of Dagenham and Lee Johnston, aged 29 and from Hertfordshire have all been bailed to appear before Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on November 17.

Superintendent Amanda Tillotson said: “It is estimated that as a result of the large crowds attending this unlicensed music event more than £30,000 worth of damage was caused to a brand new warehouse, which is simply unacceptable.

“Events such as these remain rare anywhere in Kent, but when they do take place they can attract considerable numbers of people often to industrial units.

“Many who travel into the area, do so from outside the county by using trains. These gatherings can cause a number of issues, including damage to property, noise to local residents and antisocial behaviour. The nature of the venues can also pose real safety issues for those attending.

“I’d like to reassure residents and businesses that we continuing to work closely with our partners, including the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police, to detect and disrupt any plans people may have to stage or attend unlicensed music events in Kent. We will not tolerate the disorder they can cause and will take robust action against anyone we suspect is breaking the law.”

With no overnight trains, Kent Police said it managed to get everyone home by 7am that morning.

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