Inside Staffordshire’s illegal rave in a wood as mobile phone footage emerges


This was the moment dozens of ravers defied social distancing to party in a Staffordshire woodland.

Mobile phone footage – which was posted on Snapchat – showed the revellers chanting along to music during the massive bash in Whittington, near Lichfield, late on Saturday (June 13).

Those attending the illegal party can also be seen dancing next to each other – flouting the two-metre advice from the government.

Smirnoff Vodka, a variety of beer cans and bottles, Hooch and bottles of nitrous oxide – popularly known as ‘hippy crack’ – were left at the site after officers shut the rave down at around 11.30pm.

Around 1,000 people – some of whom travelled from Stoke-on-Trent – were said to have been at the underground event, which was publicised on social media, BirminghamLive reports.

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Partygoers were said to have turned nasty and an officer was attacked after the group were asked to leave.

Some cars left nearby were towed away on Sunday, June 14, for causing an obstruction.

Officers from British Transport Police (BTP) Black Country were also drafted in to deal with the party, which was close to the train line.

A BTP spokesman said: “We and British Transport Police Dogs supported Staffordshire Police with this incident to ensure everyone leaving the rave left without issue and also make sure they left safely and without trespassing on the railway. Please continue to respect the Covid-19 guidelines.”

A  Staffordshire Police Response said: “Officers attended an illegal rave in the Fradley, Lichfield area.

“An estimated 500-plus people attended who showed complete disregard for public safety and the current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Arrests have been made for assaulting a police officer and drug driving.”

A Lichfield Police spokesman added: “Officers are currently dispersing a large group of people gathering in Brookhay Lane, Whittington, near Lichfield.

“A call was received at 11.15pm last night (June 13) reporting a gathering of approximately 300 people.

“The gathering breaches coronavirus health regulations that prevents gatherings of more than six people to stop the spread of the virus which risks lives.

“The event has been closed down and those still arriving are being turned away.

“Traffic on the nearby A38 has been slowed as a safety precaution and British Transport Police are in attendance due to the nearby railway line.”





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