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Christian Eede
5 October 2023, 12:46

Two people arrested following 400-person rave in Wiltshire last weekend

Around 250 vehicles were present at the illegal Salisbury event, according to police

Two arrested in 400-person rave in Wiltshire last weekend
Photo: Salisbury Police Facebook

Two people were arrested following an illegal rave in Wiltshire this past weekend.

The unlicensed event in Teffont, Salisbury was reportedly attended by around 400 people, with police saying around 250 vehicles were seen on the site on the evening of Saturday, 30th September. A number of roads close to the rave were subsequently closed by police in an effort to stop more people from gaining access.

Two people in their thirties were arrested at the scene, with one being held under suspicion of criminal damage and possession of a class A drug, and the other under suspicion of theft. The former has been released on bail, while the later appeared in front of Salisbury Magistrates' Court this week.

Police issued a Section 63 dispersal order shortly after arriving at the rave, but said they were there for around 12 hours with around 200 people continuing to party despite being ordered to leave.

Writing on Salisbury Police's official Facebook page, Detective Chief Superintendent Ben Mant said he was concerned about the impact of the rave on the local community. "We would like to reassure residents that the situation is being monitored," he said in a statement issued on Sunday, 1st October.

In August, five people were arrested at an illegal rave on Wales' Rhigos Mountain.

Earlier this year, a man on a solo camping trip accidentally joined an illegal rave on the Yorkshire Moors.