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Rave With Mother: Hampshire Police Attacked On Night Of The Living Dead

by | 18th, November 2013


CAN we agree whose side we are on in this story from Beacon Hill, Highclere, in Hampshire?

Around midnight last Saturday, police rocked up to a rave. 

Some of the revellers threw things at Hampshire and Thames Valley Police’s finest. A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman tells us: “Officers were subjected to violence, including missiles thrown at them, which resulted in six officers sustaining non-serious injuries. It is believed between about 80 and 100 people attended the illegal event. We will continue to take every measure possible to prevent any such illegal music events from happening… in the future.”

Music events should all be legal and policed and licensed. Say no to spontaneity. Like Glastonbury, music should be policed and made reassuringly expensive to keep the riff-raff out.

At this hoedown, a man, aged 23, and a woman, 29, were arrested on suspicion of organising the unlicensed event. She was allegedly in possession of class B drugs.

That things got thrown and police injured is not good, of course. But that’s kids, for you. They can be irresponsible.

This is not an isolate policer raid but the latest episode in the force’s Operation Enigma to stop unlicensed music events. Yeah, Enigma, the name of a Elgar’s musical Variations and the Enigma machine, the cracking of which helped win the war. How very grand the police are. Very grand, indeed. As the  Daily Mirror writes:

Police officers attacked breaking up illegal rave near Downton Abbey castle

That’s Highclere Castle where they film the ITV soap.

The police heralded their purge on music by stating : “Unlicensed music events are not harmless. They affect communities and have a negative impact on the environment and nearby wildlife. We also find that drug use is widespread and it may be only a matter of time before someone dies as a result.”

If the Boys in Blue don’t get you, the Green Police will. You need to conform, kids. That way leads to real, meaningful, sanctioned fun. Pay up.

In September, the Basingstoke Gazette  reported:

…during 2013, a total of just 12 reported raves have taken place across the two counties, compared with 22 in 2012. Superintendent James Fulton, the force lead for Operation Enigma, said: “Since the launch of the operation, our officers have taken a robust approach when confronted with unlicensed music events. As a result, it is encouraging to know that the number of raves taking place in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has nearly halved when compared with 2012. It’s even more pleasing when you take into account the good weather that we’ve all enjoyed in recent months.”

What has been done with these hardened criminals?

Three arrests were made across the year, with two people cautioned for carrying out an unauthorised licensable activity contrary to section 136 of the Licensing Act 2003 and one individual charged with obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty.

On the Force’s Facebook page, comments are lively:

Craig Yeti Lennard  Kill joys lol
Hemmy Jay  thats harsh not hurting a soul
Will Weynberg  Thanks for keeping real crime in check
Fern Marshall  They had missiles, harmed the police and there were drugs. Rave or no rave, the police are doing their job and being harmed.
Tina Hills  well done to the police on stopping this illegal event
Sean Caddy  Six officers were injured and this is considered by some by the comments above “harming no one” “not hurting a soul” come on guys think about it well done Hampshire police I say
Natasha Wheeler  Make them legal!! Rave in a field never harmed no1
Peter ‘Pedro’ Down  Really??Well let’s hope no one breaks into your house while they’re using up 2 police forces stopping some music

Stephen Webb  “Police get harmed in ‘trying to stop people having fun’ Shocker”

Cliff Emmans  I know Beacon Hill area well and there is no houses anywhere near there apart from Highclere Castle(where Downton Abbey is filmed)so it must of been them that
Karen Smith-Anscombe  well done HC

Hannah Turl Was Goldsmith Morons!!!!! Illegal rave!means against the law, assaulting police officers, against the law and harming others! Drug dealing and drug consumption also illegal!! Grow up people laws are there for a reason!! And if all you people are on this site to become keyboard warriors because you are actually anti police and laws! Then why not unlike the page so the rest of us don’t have to read such pathetic comments!!

Peter ‘Pedro’ Down How would you feel though Hannah, if you needed police attention because of whatever reason but unfortunately, they’re none available because they’re stopping a music event that’s hurting no one… And who are u? The Facebook police? We can say what we want, we’re aloud an opinion.. So jog on

Paul Petty All fun and games until one of your youngsters takes some illegal drug or legal high and dies

Thomas Whitman We can only hope that when you have children, you will bring them up to respect other peoples property and to respect the law. Sadly apart from a couple of comments on here I am not holding my breath!!!!

Marcus Dja Illegal raves are what create music scenes and followings. These gatherings are normally where the true lovers ( of said music genre ) meet because of the complete lack of scene locally.

Charly Mchugh What’s so illegal about a few people getting together and enjoying some music I mean even simplistic tribe people in 3rd world countries enjoy group appreciation of song and dance and togetherness quite sad that this is either banned and illegal in our country or Ud have to pay an arm and a leg just to be able to do that in the ‘legal’ way. No wonder why everyone’s got problems these days when people are made to feel like criminals for wanting to come together n laugh and dance n enjoy yourselves. Pity.

  Adam Jerrett  Just more freedoms being taken away. What if the police were just there to monitor it and make sure it didn’t get out of hand. That would be ok, its only because they tried to stop it prematurely that they got things thrown at them. Im not

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