MARCH: Operation launched after New Year’s Eve rave

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Police have launched a campaign to catch and charge those responsible for the illegal New Year’s Eve rave in March.

Operation Silwood comes after an estimated 1,000 people attended the rave at a factory in Thorby Avenue, causing around £50,000 worth of damage.

Police have photographs taken at the rave but they do not show anyone causing damage and a spokesperson said many of the young people attending thought it was a legitimate event.

The police operation has been welcomed by MP Steve Barclay, who said that “identifying and prosecuting those involved is of paramount importance”.

The rave was not broken up while it was going on due to the number of people attending – it would not have been practical or safe for officers to get involved. However, police were on the site all night and seized musical equipment as well as maintaining contact with the factory owner John Finn.

• Anyone with information about the rave and its organisers should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.