Meppershall barn raver: ‘If parties were made legal the Government would save so much money on policing’

Police were called to an illegal rave in the early hours of Sunday morning at a barn near Meppershal

Police were called to an illegal rave in the early hours of Sunday morning at a barn near Meppershall - Credit: Archant

A young woman who attended an illegal rave at the weekend has spoken about the experience.

The woman was part of a large congregation of between 750 and 1,000 people that forced their way into a grain barn in a farmer’s field off Stondon Road, between Meppershall and Upper Stondon, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Grain worth up to £100,000 was contaminated during the rave and a police helicopter attended the scene.

Earlier this week the Comet spoke to the farmer whose livelihood was affected by the damage, but now we have spoken to someone who was at the rave.

The anonymous female raver told the Comet: “It was the first party I have been to in five months that I haven’t been involved in organising. In general the noise was kept at a minimum until morning, there was only one speaker so there were no noise complaints.


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“In regards to the £100,000 worth of damage, the organisers should have blocked off the crop. It was inevitable that the farmer would not have been happy because of that.

“The police did deal with the situation well to be honest. It is funny how you get 1,000 people in a barn and there is no trouble – fights etc – yet you put 1,000 people in a pub and it would be carnage.

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“This leads me to think that if these parties were made legal the Government would save so much money on policing. These parties have their own security and police could spend more time actually fighting real crime. If these were made legal organisers would choose more appropriate locations and they would be a lot more organised.”

Following the rave, an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, while two further people were arrested for possession of drugs. One man was issued with a summons in relation to the Proceeds of Crime Act after he had about £2,500 seized, while two people were summoned to court in relation to criminal damage.

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