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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 April 2007, 15:32 GMT 16:32 UK
Police tackle 3,000 forest ravers
Wentwood Forest (pic: Steven Kind/WTPL)
Police are working with the Forestry Commission
Police are trying to disperse around 3,000 people who have gathered for an illegal rave in a forest.

Gwent Police are working with the fire service and the Forestry Commission to try to break up the crowds at Wentwood Forest near Caldicot, Monmouthshire.

A force spokeswoman said officers were alerted to the "illegal gathering" at around 2030 BST on Saturday.

Officers were sent out overnight to stop and speak to people at the scene and take details of their vehicles.

Specialist officers and the force helicopter are at the scene.

Gwent police decided it was unsafe to enforce action under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Acts which allows police to force people to move on.

The fire service is also attending a fire on scrubland in the forest which began on Sunday afternoon.


SEE ALSO
Police warn of more illegal raves
29 Aug 06 |  Mid Wales
Vigilance call on illegal raves
26 Aug 06 |  South West Wales

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