Posted by Childress on August 29, 2006
The numbers are smaller — just a few thousand instead of the 10,000 to 20,000 who showed up at raves in the 1980s — but police in England are worried that raves are back.
Here’s the story, from the Aug. 29 issue of the Belfast Telegraph:
Police forces in the south of England have been logging growing evidence of the re-emergence of the rave.
The most recent detected was on Saturday night in a cornfield next to the village of Ickleton, near Saffron Walden in Essex. Two hundred riot police from five counties used CS gas, dogs and batons to disperse the 1,000 party goers. During the clashes a police car was set on fire and nine officers were wounded, with injuries to police including a suspected broken collarbone and a severed finger. At least two revellers were also injured. Thirty people were arrested and released on bail.
Elsewhere, in Gloucestershire, two officers were injured and several people were arrested when police broke up an illegal party at a business park early on Saturday.Police also sealed off a farm near Heston, Cornwall, on Sunday after receiving information that the site was to be used for a rave.
Forces admit there has been a surge in similar illegal raves, including one party in north Cornwall that was attended by more than 5,000 revellers over the May bank holiday this year.