Published: 08:30, 02 July 2020
| Updated: 10:01, 02 July 2020
A 200-strong rave which was shut down by police at the weekend has left residents reeling in anger and shock.
Officers dispersed the group of revellers at the unauthorised event in woodland off Harvel Road in Vigo Village, near Meopham, on Saturday night.
Roger Clark surveyed the trail of rubbish left behind the following morning, describing it as “absolutely terrible”.
The retired 66-year-old businessman, who has lived in the village for 19 years, said: “I’ve never seen anything like it. I counted about 1,000 nitrous oxide cylinders all over the place and rubbish everywhere.
“I am not anti people having fun but this was on private land and it’s clear that some of the younger generation don’t care about social distancing.
“This is a family village. We are not used to this sort of thing.”
Colin Evans, 79, churchwarden at Stansted with Fairseat and Vigo Church, was incensed.
Mr Evans, who has lived in Harvel for 43 years, said: “They are idiots and obviously totally irresponsible.
“They just don’t seem to care about the knock-on effects. It only takes one of them to take it home and pass it on to their parents or grandparents. How will they feel then?”
Festivals and nightclubs are still banned or closed because of lockdown.
It remains illegal to socialise in groups of more than six people outside of your own household – with those who do meet still advised to stay two metres apart, until Saturday, when it will be relaxed to one metre if two metres isn’t possible.
Police have warned those planning unlicensed music events this summer could be committing a number of criminal offences.
They also risk having their speakers, lights, sound decks and any other equipment seized.
Assistant chief constable Nikki Faulconbridge said: “While it is understandable that people should miss being able to visit nightclubs, festivals and concerts at this difficult time, that is no excuse for anyone who might be thinking about organising an unlicensed music event.
“Such events have been illegal for many years, but the increased risk of passing Covid-19 from one person to another makes it even more important that people do not hold or attend any mass gatherings of this nature.”
People are encouraged to look out for any suspicious activity that may indicate the presence of an unlicensed music event and report it to the police by calling 101 or visiting www.kent.police.uk/report
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