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Three charged after rave near Lewes

27 Jun, 2017 12:30 News

Police were made aware of an illegal rave taking place at Malling Down Nature Reserve between Lewes and Ringmer shortly after midnight on Saturday (June 24).

Around 100 people and 20 vehicles were in attendance. A police presence at the location was maintained and active measures were taken to seek to prevent it escalating further. The B2192 was closed to prevent more people joining.

Four people received minor injuries, three from being involved in a fight and one from being bitten by a dog.

Superintendent Jayne Dando said: "Raves can cause a huge amount of disruption to local residents and damage to the land. We'd like to thank local people who called us as the site was a remote area of land. We were able to prevent more people joining the rave but due to the number of people we weren't able to remove everyone from the site.

"We remained on site for the whole night and monitored the situation. We were able to arrest and charge those we believed were the organisers of the event.

"Let us know immediately if you have any suspicion that a rave is going to take place or is getting under way."

Three people were arrested and charged. Spencer Whale, 43, unemployed of Beaconsfield Road, Brighton was charged with causing a public nuisance. He will appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on June 27.

Graham Davis, 39, an electrician of Ballards Lane, London was charged with causing a public nuisance. He will also appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on June 27.

Liam Alexander, 27,a tree surgeon of High Street, Partridge Green, Horsham has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon. He will appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on June 27.

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