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Police break up illegal rave on Dartmoor after Ten Tors trainees complain of noise

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

By CARL EVE, Crime Reporter @CarlEveCrime

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POLICE disrupted an illegal rave on Dartmoor last weekend.

Police received reports of noise from a man camping on Dartmoor during the early hours of Sunday morning.

He was with a team who were in training for the Ten Tors challenge and they noticed a number of vehicles arrived at Homing Beam, near Princetown.

Police attended the call and found “up to 50 young people” who had gathered for an illegal rave.

Police said officers contained the area and a number of other people were turned away from the site.

After consultation, the organisers agreed to shut down the event and everyone left the site without incident within two hours.

A police spokesman said: “This was a swift response from local officers to minimise any disruption and damage to the moor.

“This reinforces the message that Devon and Cornwall Police take a zero tolerance attitude to this type of activity and will take action.”

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  • Tony248  |  March 15 2014, 11:18AM

    So the whole matter passed "without incident" in a couple of hours. What "disruption" was being caused in the middle of nowhere? And what "damage" would a few youngsters have caused that military exercises don't? Can someone explain why this is such a threat that our dwindling Police resources have to be diverted to deal with it? Perhaps the clue is in the words "young people". Would the Police have similarly broken up a meeting of pensioners?

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  • flowcur  |  March 15 2014, 10:33AM

    long live the nanny state........................... and lets lock up anyone who wants to organize anything ............fantastic.

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  • BS_Hater  |  March 14 2014, 10:00PM

    Wanna have fun, NO CHANCE plod will see to that. Unless of course it involves them then its just fine.....

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  • argyle6  |  March 14 2014, 9:05PM

    I think the moor could be a great venue for a music festival, properly organised with litter collected afterwards and proper safety in place. Why not think outside the box and gather a few of the ravers together and get some ideas flowing. We could bus the people there from Plymouth or Okehampton to avoid excessive traffic and local businesses and farmers could make a couple of quid providing food and drink. Rather than having this confrontation of ideals, lets make this a springboard to a positive idea.

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  • Lawryleslie  |  March 14 2014, 8:40PM

    Are you people for real? It's nothing to do with giving youngsters freedom and allowing them have a good time. It's the police using common sense in stopping drug and alcohol fuelled people wandering off onto the remotest part of Dartmoor. I know Dartmoor well enough to realise that this area, at the southern end of a large expanse of open moorland, would be a very bad place for anybody to wander off onto and get lost without correct equipment and experience.

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  • jaygeek1  |  March 14 2014, 4:27PM

    As usual the general public get the police all over them in a few minutes but the moment a bunch of gypsy travellers turn up they are given toilet facilities, bins, the list is endless. It is long overdue for the council to give people a place to have a good time without having to pay a flipping fortune (and pay VAT). The rules in our oh so fair country are weighted against us !

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  • Jannermatt  |  March 14 2014, 3:27PM

    The area around Holming beam is a right mess anyway. It is already damaged by the MOD who drive vehicles everywhere on a regular baseis and of late the forestry commission have added their own war-zone trying to clear up storm damage to their plantation. I doubt a few revellers would have done a lot of extra damage.

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  • Hearald  |  March 14 2014, 1:19PM

    doesn't the ten tors atract more than 50 people & do more damage to the moors,

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