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Concern after illegal rave held

An illegal rave involving hundreds of young people has been taking place in an old factory in Bedfordshire.

Ravers turned up at the Wavendon Heath site in the early hours of the morning.

Mid Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries has claimed youths were playing music and taking ecstasy tablets throughout the night.

She criticised the police for an "inadequate" response after only two officers were initially sent. Police said they were monitoring the rave.

Officers have estimated the number of ravers at between 200 and 450, but Ms Dorries said she believed there were up to 3,000.

She said she was concerned that there was no water available for the ravers at the site.

'Vague' information

She said: "There's no safety here at all, there are no toilets, there are no facilities for them."

A spokeswoman for Bedfordshire Police said: "We had some intelligence to suggest that a rave was planned in the vicinity of Milton Keynes/Woburn but information was too vague for us to act initially.

There are no problems reported with public order, violence or damage at present
Bedfordshire Police spokeswoman

"At the point where we became aware of the location of the rave, at about 0200 GMT, it was under way with above 200 people present.

"Given the danger of trying to move people, some in an intoxicated state, near to a quarry in the dark and wet, it was decided it was safer not to attempt to move them but to monitor the situation.

"Only three complaints about noise from members of the public had actually been received up until 6am about the rave.

"By 1100 GMT officers served notice to rave organisers to leave within the hour and they did so.

"There are no problems reported with public order, violence or damage at present.

"It's important to point out that this force has a long history of disrupting and preventing illegal raves."

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