Party-goers left a picturesque Staffordshire woodland strewn with rubbish, beer cans and bottles of nitrous oxide after an illegal rave.
Photographs show the disgusting mess at the site in Whittington, near Lichfield, yesterday (June 13).
Around 1,000 people – some travelling from Stoke-on-Trent and the north of the county – were at the ‘quarantine rave’, which flouted social distancing rules.
Staffordshire Police said the massive bash – organised on Snapchat – was shut down following a 999 call reporting dozens of people at the site.
Partygoers were said to have turned violent and an officer was attacked when they were asked to leave, a spokesman for the force revealed, BirminghamLive reports.
Another reveller was also detained on suspicion of drug-driving and the group has been blasted for ‘showing a complete disregard for public safety’.
The rave in Staffordshire came on the same night a similar event was held in Trafford, Manchester, where an 18-year-old woman was raped and three people were stabbed.
One incident left a man, 18, with life-threatening injuries. Two men – aged 25 and 26 – were also hurt.
A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.
Police say officers ‘attempting to engage with participants’ were met with violence, resulting in items being thrown and a car being vandalised.
Back in Staffordshire, Some of the cars – which were left at the roadside – were being towed away by police officers on Sunday morning for causing an obstruction.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Officers have attended an illegal rave in the Fradley, Lichfield area.
“An estimated 500-plus people attended who have shown a 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.”
- Jordan Jewkes, 18, of Medina, Tamworth, was arrested at the Lichfield gathering at 1.45am and has been charged with assaulting a police officer (spitting) and being drunk and disorderly. He is due to appear before Cannock Magistrates’ Court at 9.30am on Wednesday.