Illegal rave stab victim in serious condition.
Bedfordshire Police arrested nine people at an illegal rave on Sunday at the La Farge gravel pits in Willington, Bedfordshire.
The rave had started at approximately midnight on Saturday night when approximately 1,000 revellers turned up to the site which runs under the A421 trunk road.
Just after lunchtime on Sunday officers seized the sound equipment, nine vehicles and closed down the event removing the remaining 250 people from the site.
The nine arrests include, three people arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance, one person arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drug, one person wanted for theft by Norfolk Police, one person arrested on suspicion of being over the prescribed limit, and three people arrested for driving offences.
During the event a 32 year old Flitwick man had been assaulted in an unprovoked attack and was taken to hospital suffering from stab wounds. He is still being treated at the hospital and is in a serious but stable condition.
Two other people required hospital treatment after collapsing due to the inhalation of nitrous oxide (commonly known as laughing gas).
A further teenager was also taken to hospital after breaking her arm while she tried to climb a fence.
Superintendent Linda Kelly said the operation sends a warning to other organisers that Bedfordshire Police will not tolerate raves that are unlicensed by the local authority and present serious health and safety risk to revellers.
She said: “Organisers of illegal raves such as this are not welcome in Bedfordshire. We were very concerned about the people who attended this illegal rave as they had no regard for their own safety or that of others. Some were found wondering along the main A421 road, while others were climbing on the industrial equipment found at the site and another was found climbing a building.
“Shockingly it would appear some parents, knowing their children had arranged to attend the event, turned up in the morning to collect their children seemingly unconcerned that their nearest and dearest had been in danger.
“We have now seized the equipment used by the organisers and we will make every effort to ensure they face the full force of the law.”
Officers are still seeking information about the stabbing of the 32-year-old Flitwick man that is believed to have happened between 7am and 7.30am on Sunday morning.
The offender is described as white, in his mid 20s, with a skinny build, approximately 6’ tall and wearing a grey Nike top with navy piping around the hood.
Anyone with information about this assault is urged to contact Detective Constable Barry Kibble at Greyfriars Police Station, in confidence, on 01234 275212, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at [Link missing].
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I was unsure about posting this article, but after some thought I believe it is relevant to the forum. Illegal raves, or 'Free parties' have always been common in the UK, but with the current economic climate, it's likely that they are going to become more and more commonplace. It's rare, and very sad to see when things like this happen at these events... A sad day for the scene. A friend attended the party and told me that the music was stopped and the culprits were told to leave. Word around the camp fire is that the stabbing was likely premeditated.
Hopefully the link to drugs is self explanatory. Apologies if this is deemed not relevant. There was another party which made the headline's in an old Royal Mail sorting office, in London.