Illegal Bank Holiday rave sees 1,500 revellers descend on castle for huge party

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    An illegal Bank Holiday rave attended by around 1,500 revellers is now being investigated by police.

    Partygoers started arriving at a patch of private land near Corfe Castle in Dorset on Saturday night (May 27), with about 500 vehicles counted at the scene.

    Thumping music from UK Teknival 2023 was heard throughout the night and carried on until the early hours of yesterday morning (May 28) as ravers took advantage of the long weekend.

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    Footage taken at the rave shows hundreds of attendees dancing to techno music throughout the night, some with nasty sunburns from the weekend's warm weather.

    Dorset Police quickly started receiving reports from people living in the surrounding areas who couldn't sleep thanks to the loud music and blocked off the roads to stop more attendees arriving, before instructing organisers to pack up and leave.

    Attendees were seen departing from the site from around 6pm last night.

    Assistant Chief Constable Mark Callaghan of Dorset Police has since revealed an investigation is under way and officers will seek to prosecute the organisers of the enormous party.

    "Understandably, we have continued to receive calls from concerned and upset residents in relation to the noise levels coming from the event," he said in a statement.

    "I can now confirm that our officers have control of the site and the music has been turned off.

    "Police officers gave a direction for people to leave the scene earlier today using powers under the Public Order Act.

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    "However, due to the large-scale nature of the event and the impacts of dispersing those present, as well as minimising any risk to the wider public on our road networks, this can take some time.

    "A criminal investigation has been launched to ensure those found to be responsible for organising such events are prosecuted.

    "It is our priority that we ensure that unlicensed events such as these are brought to a safe conclusion and there is no further disruption in the local community."

    This isn't the first time the same area has been used to host an illegal rave – a similar incident in 2019 saw more than 1,000 people gather at the plot near Wytch Farm over the Easter weekend, wreaking havoc for two nights with residents complaining of "horrific Ibiza music" keeping them awake.

    Another event last year saw a whopping 2,000 people descend on a field in West Holme in Durdle Door, Dorset.

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