Rave video: Riot police break-up illegal rave in Crowthorne

Published: 10 Jan 2013 07:002 comments

PARTY-GOERS have accused police of heavy-handed tactics for using riot shields and incapacitating spray to break up an illegal rave.

Officers were called to Crowthorne Woods, off Devils Highway, on Saturday night, where they closed the event and seized sound equipment.

One officer was hurt in the incident and, despite reports on our website and Facebook page that revellers were hurt, police said they were unaware of any other injuries.

For the full story, pick up the Bracknell News - out today (Thursday).

To view comments on the break-up of the rave, click here: http://www.bracknellnews.co.uk/news/roundup/articles/2013/01/07/65617-police-close-illegal-rave/

See below a video of the incident - posted on YouTube by Chris Beeason, who was at the rave. WARNING: The video contains strong language, unsuitable for under 18s.

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  • najp1987
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    Jan 13, 21:34
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    no offence to either side here but the video doesn't do anything for the rave's deffence as you can clearly see several things being thrown at the police! clearly the rave could be heard by the community or the police wouldnt have been any the wiser and after the last rave that was closed down when there were numerous complaints about the sound etc what do you expect to happen. for every one saying they were not doing anything wrong then how can you explain being on private land without permision, and any one saying that the police were brutal to youths then what the hell are youths out for at 2am? im as up for having a good time as the next person but there were several laws broken end off. and anyone saying about putting complaints in to the ipcc then well done your standing up to a crime that YOU COMMITTED. if people are claiming to have been hit with shields etc and there face was pouring with blood put the pictures up as then people may be on your side regardless of what reason the police had to do it. if any one has got photos of the numbers of police vs raver's then send them to the police chief constable etc for an explination. if any one does claim police brutality then follow through with an official complaint as they cant use excessive force and should be dealt with accordingly.

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  • MTB1973
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    Jan 23, 17:07
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    This is not the first time this has happened.

    I am GLAD the police have done something about this.

    I have had to cycle through the aftermath of a similar rave in the same place on a Sunday morning(reported to police) with the smell of stale beer, weed, vomit, urine and faeces in the air......disgusting and savage.

    Cars parked all over the place in a forest, people passed out all over the place, some still bearly standing still drinking and smoking weed at 10 in the morning.

    I had lots of fun at Raves nineties till mid 00 , but nothing as disgusting as this lot.

    These ravers should get a life and go rave in a club!

    I feel no pity for these youths, there are places for Raves and there were countless legal reasons why they shouldn't be there.

    Really...... Have fun!!! but don't be a menace to the rest of society.....

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