Music all night at illegal rave

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ILLEGAL all-night raves are hitting the wrong note with hundreds of families who live around Willen.

And they are urging police to clamp down on the revellers rather than allow the event to happen again.

More than 200 ravers gathered on Saturday in farm buildings behind the motocross area at Willen.

The site has hosted at least three other raves over the past year.

Each time the rave organisers have kept the details a closely guarded secret from the authorities, spreading the word to would-be ravers through the musical underworld.

Saturday’s event, held on a barn because of the bad weather, saw loud music pumping across the fields until 9am on Sunday morning.

“It was absolute hell,” said one resident.

“I was calling the police throughout the night asking them to intervene.”

Residents are now keen to discover who owns the farm, which does not have a farmhouse nearby.

“We want to know whether the landowner gives permission for the raves and whether he has power to stop them,” said one.

Thames Valley Police chief inspector Ed McLean said: “I am committed to dealing with all incidents of this nature in a safe and proportionate manner.

“I recognise that such gatherings cause concern and disruption to our communities and we make every effort to prevent illegal gatherings and prosecute where possible.

“Officers were despatched to the scene, they assessed the potential for disorder and disruption to residents and a command decision was made to deter further attendance, gather intelligence and minimise opportunities for criminal behaviour. The impact was low on the local community.

“A proportionate and considered response ensured there was no criminal behaviour or serious problems and the matter was concluded peacefully.”