Three men have been charged and will appear in court for organising an illegal rave attended by up to 500 people on August 6 at an industrial warehouse unit in Kent that caused an estimated £30,000 worth of damage.
12 people were arrested at the scene on charges of drug possession, criminal damage and theft, and now three men have been charged with conspiracy to cause a public nuisance, and will appear before Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on November 17.
Superintendent Amanda Tillotson said: “It is estimated that as a result of the large crowds attending this unlicensed music event more than £30,000 worth of damage was caused to a brand new warehouse, which is simply unacceptable.
“Events such as these remain rare anywhere in Kent, but when they do take place they can attract considerable numbers of people often to industrial units.
“Many who travel into the area, do so from outside the county by using trains. These gatherings can cause a number of issues, including damage to property, noise to local residents and antisocial behaviour. The nature of the venues can also pose real safety issues for those attending.
“I’d like to reassure residents and businesses that we continuing to work closely with our partners, including the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police, to detect and disrupt any plans people may have to stage or attend unlicensed music events in Kent. We will not tolerate the disorder they can cause and will take robust action against anyone we suspect is breaking the law.”
Check out footage posted to Twitter of ravers fleeing the scene back in August below.