Arrest made after illegal rave

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Thames Valley Police has arrested one person on suspicion of criminal damage following a rave in an industrial estate in the early hours of Sunday.

Around 90 officers attended the area, along with the help of the Chiltern Air Support Unit, around a warehouse in Deans Road in Old Wolverton after it was discovered at 1.30am.

The gathering was eventually shut down when officers gained access to the warehouse shortly after 4am.

Superintendent Nikki Ross, LPA commander for Milton Keynes, said: “Various warehouses in the city have been used by rave organisers already this year and my officers were patrolling to ensure none would take place on Saturday night when they identified this one in the early hours of Sunday.

“However, when they attempted to bring it to a close they were confronted with a number of people intent on committing violent disorder.

“I would like to applaud the bravery of my officers, who were confronted by around 200 people who were throwing bottles, coins and pallets.

“Some officers had a car driven at them at speed and another single officer was confronted by around 30 people intent on violence. They arrived at around 1.30am and the rave continued inside the warehouse while the disorder took place outside until we managed to gain access at 4am.

“The message is simple: we will not allow Milton Keynes to become a place where illegal raves take place and anyone who thinks they can come to the city, trespass on private property and organise a party can expect to be dealt with severely.

“This event was unannounced and planned to take place on private property. I would appeal for anyone who saw the organisers arrive, or who witnessed any of the disorder, to phone Detective Inspector Nick Glister on our non-emergency number 101.”