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Large-scale rave ends with 10 arrests

Image caption Police said between 700 and 1,000 attended the rave at an empty warehouse on an industrial estate

Police have arrested ten people after an illegal rave at an empty warehouse, attended by up to 1,000 people.

Officers were called to the unlicensed music event at Telford Way Industrial Estate, in Kettering, in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Northamptonshire Police said it was allowed to “run its course” because the force had been too busy to stop it on its busiest night of 2018.

Sound equipment and five vehicles were also seized after the event.

Organisers had promised it would finish by midday.

The people detained were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance.

The force added a “small number” of nearby residents complained.

‘So much bass’

An estimated 700 to 1,000 people had turned up to the event by the time police arrived, and officers monitored the site throughout the morning.

Supt Dennis Murray said: “I appreciate this has had an impact on people living near to the warehouse, and understand their frustration that we have not been able to close the event down.

“However, we have to consider other incidents taking place across the county and the resources available to us before taking action, and sadly New Year’s Eve is by far the busiest night in policing.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and will investigate any criminal offences reported to us as a result of the event.”

John Medley, who lives off Northfield Avenue, said: “It started about midnight. I noticed this background of drumming beats and it just kept going long after the sound of fireworks died away.

“I couldn’t get to sleep because there was so much bass. You don’t hear it, you feel it.”

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