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Police shut down 400-person rave in Essex village

Police shut down 400-person rave in Essex village

Over 100 cars were parked on country lanes in Margaretting

Police shut down a 400-person rave in an Essex village this weekend.

As illegal raves continue to take place across the UK, police were called to a remote Essex village on Sunday 5th July where an estimated 400 party go-ers had gathered in Woodland.

The event was reported to have started at 10:30PM, and continued into the early hours of Monday morning. Police arrived at the scene in Margaretting, where one witness reported seeing 100 cars parked on the country lanes, but deemed the event to be of low risk and harm to both attendees and local residents. 

Speaking about the event in a statement, District Commander for Chelmsford and Maldon, Chief Inspector Steve Scott-Haynes, said: "I'd like to thank local residents for their patience last night and throughout the early hours of this morning.

"We believe that this event was held and attended by people from outside of the county and our enquiries are ongoing to locate the people responsible for organising it.

"To anyone thinking of hosting, or attending, an illegal rave or unlicensed event - know that you're committing criminal offences and could face prosecution. During this time, you are putting people's health and safety at risk, and undermining the hard work of our NHS staff."

Carl Cox recently spoke in an interview with Sky News about the resurgance of illegal raves and parties in the UK, blaming the events on the government and the lack of a clear timeline on clubs and festivals reopening.