Police have arrested a further eight people on suspicion of drugs offences after breaking up an illegal rave in Staffordshire.
Officers were dispatched to the Cannock area last night following a tip a mass gathering was taking place.
Initially four men, aged between 20 and 24 were detained, before a fifth arrest – a 19-year-old Redditch man – was confirmed late yesterday evening.
The first group were taken into custody on suspicion of conspiring to commit a public nuisance and have since been granted conditional bail.
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Now Staffordshire Police have confirmed more arrests today, including:
- A group of two women and three men, aged between 23 and 32 from the West Midlands, were arrested overnight for drugs offences and remain in police custody
- A 26-year-old Birmingham man and a 33-year-old man from Rugeley were arrested in connection with drink and drug driving offences
- A man was also detained on suspicion of possessing cannabis with intent to supply
The arrests have been made as more illegal gatherings have been expected in the county over the weekend – with officers urging anyone considering attending to stop and think of the consequences.
Apart from drug seizures, equipment including a generator, amplifier, speakers and a laptop has also been taken in by officers with a dispersal order put in place for Chasewater overnight.
Chief Superintendent Carl Ratcliffe, Head of Contact and Response for Staffordshire Police, said: “I hope these arrests send a clear message to organisers of illegal raves that we will deal with anyone involved robustly.
“Our priority is the safety of our communities and we will continue to take action against those who put the health of others in jeopardy.
“These gatherings are both illegal and irresponsible and put people at risk with the current global pandemic still not over. We will do all we can to stop these illegal raves from taking place.”
If you have any information about where a rave is being held, contact Staffordshire Police via Facebook or Twitter, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.