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Shutting down Lewes rave wouldn't have been safe, police say
11:20am Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in News
Police did not close down a 300-strong rave which was disturbing the community because it was not “safe”.
People complained after hundreds of people gathered in Stoneham Farm, Barcombe, near Lewes, and played music until the early hours.
But despite Sussex Police officers attending the scene of the noisy all-night party and asking its participants to “keep the music down”, it ran for hours.
A Sussex Police spokeswoman admitted: “Officers attended the area on several occasions and asked the organisers to turn down the music to minimise impact on the community. However, it was not considered safe to close down the event as there were estimated to be around 300 people present.”
Lewes District Council confirmed a “large number” of people complained about the noise.
A council spokeswoman said: “The event was not given any permissions or licences by Lewes District Council. We received a large number of complaints on Saturday night and Sunday.
“An environmental health officer visited the event with the police and a noise abatement notice has been served on the occupier of the land to prevent any recurrence.
“Investigations are under way to see if legal proceedings can be taken against the event organiser.
“We have also met with the landowner and will be pursuing actions with him to prevent any repeat of this type of event.”
On internet forums people complained about the Stoneham Farm rave which ran from Saturday night until Sunday lunchtime.
One woman said: “I live in Queens Road and have noticed several gatherings in the aforementioned field over the summer. I did hear the one this weekend and that was with double-glazing.”
Another person described the rave as a “pain”.