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Forest of Dean: Police disperse rave due to coronavirus risks



Police have broken up a rave in the Forest of Dean and are asking people to stay away from the area as there are health and safety risks.

Gloucestershire Constabulary told PA news agency they had responded to calls about a “large volume” of people in the area.

“Police are currently in the Forest of Dean near to Speculation Car Park dispersing a rave.

“People are advised not to attend the area due to safety and Covid risks,” they tweeted.

Officers said it would “likely take some time” to resolve the incident.

A spokesperson for the force later said the operation had been “relatively successful” and was “coming to a close”.

Details on arrests have not been made public, but are expected later on Sunday.

Police across the UK have been fighting to shut down raves during the pandemic. More than 500 illegal parties were organised in London over July, according to the Metropolitan Police.

Last month, Avon and Somerset Police were unable to break up a rave attended by over 3,000 people in Bath, as the risks were “too great”.

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