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Thousands turn up at illegal rave

An estimated 2,500 people attended an illegal New Year's Eve rave in Kent.

Police were called at 2300 GMT to Buckmore Park near Chatham but allowed the event to go ahead.

A spokeswoman said police could break up such gatherings if they caused distress to neighbours but because of the location this was not the case.

Three people were arrested in connection with drink-related offences. The area, on private land, was cleared on Thursday morning.

Prevent raves

Ch Insp Anna Travers said it was a concern that police officers had to be diverted from other duties in the county on one of the busiest nights of the year.

"Our primary concern has been public safety and the safety of those attending the unauthorised event," she said.

"We work closely with other organisations and landowners to prevent illegal raves.

"We would ask anyone who sees anything suspicious to let us know.

"It is much easier to stop a rave before it happens than to police large numbers of people once they have gathered."

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