Police apologise after failing to break up all-night rave on residential street
The police apologized after nearly 1,000 people broke the rules of social distance during a nighttime rave on a residential street.
Avon and Somerset police said when their officers were able to attend the gathering at Stokes Croft, Bristol, on Saturday evening, they were too large to be closed.
Instead, the officials focused on not letting more people show up.
The residents were angry after hundreds of revelers came out on their streets and spent the night drinking and dancing in front of a DJ playing dub music.
The spontaneous event comes just a week after thousands of people gathered at so-called "quarantine raves" in Manchester, where one man died from a suspected drug overdose and three people were stabbed.
Hundreds of revelers went for a nightly rave on a residential street in Stokes Croft, Bristol. (SWNS)
Video footage filmed by Best of Bristol shows hundreds of people crowded together for the event in large crowds.
Angry residents expressed their anger on social media and asked why the event didn't end.
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Clare Bennett, a resident, wrote on Facebook: “I am very angry and genuinely upset that people can be so selfish.
“Having a club night outside in a residential area is bad enough and something that happens more often here, even before the closure. But doing it in the middle of a pandemic is just incredible. Selfish, selfish, selfish people. "
The huge crowd drank and danced all night in front of a DJ playing dub music at the spontaneous event in Stokes Croft, Bristol. (SWNS)
Jane Holehouse, who lives in a neighboring street, added: "I feel the same way! People literally relieved themselves everywhere! Disgusting.
"I was traveling for 12 hours, I have no idea why the police didn't close it. Now let's see how the numbers in Bristol are going up! Will they all see their fathers today? Share?"
Avon and Somerset police said, "We would like to apologize to those affected for the noise and nuisance caused by a rave at Stokes Croft and a large party in St. Werburghs night over night from Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st June were caused.
“We are reviewing whether our response to two calls received around 4:00 p.m. regarding a possible party on Sydenham Road is appropriate and whether this provides opportunities to review our procedures.
“When we had complaints about noise pollution at Sydenham Road and Narroways Road in St. Werburgh's around 5:30 p.m., officials were unable to respond to the number of incidents across Bristol, including assault, collision, domestic violence, and welfare concerns immediately attend and missing persons, in many cases with a significant risk of physical injury. "
The troop said that when more calls came in at 7:30 p.m., there were "a significant number" of people at each location.
It added: “The police were present and spoke to the organizers who refused to get involved. To ensure the safety of everyone involved, it was decided to prevent further participation in the events due to the potential for serious disruptions, rather than trying to confiscate the sound system.
“In the coming days, officials will regularly patrol potential rave locations and work with vacant property and landowners to ensure that they have adequate security.
"Anyone who has information about a potential rave location or is seeing sound equipment being moved to a decommissioned lot should call us immediately on number 101."
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