More than 1,000 illegal ravers gathered in Dorset over the weekend, with many defending rave by referring to the recent ‘Partygate’ scandal.
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The ravers gathered in Lulworth in Dorset over the weekend in the early hours of Easter Sunday. It was closed by police more than 21 hours later.
Police said it took “some time” to disperse the event due to the scale of the event, which saw more than 1,000 people gather “with public address systems, tents, vehicles and glowing lighting” according to MixMag.
A police statement said at the time: ‘It is reported that around 1,000 people are attending the event. A large number of vehicles were also reported circulating in the area.
“We have received a number of calls from concerned and upset residents who have had their sleep disrupted by noise levels from the event. We would like to reassure them that we are fully aware of this large unauthorized gathering of people and that we are monitoring the situation and taking action to deal with it.
“Officers are at the scene to investigate, which includes contacting the landowner. Road closures are in place to prevent direct access to the area. We would like to send a direct message to those attending the event – you are an trespasser, please leave and return home immediately.
#LatestNews – We were called at 12:36 a.m. on Sunday April 17, 2022 to report a rave in East Lulworth. It is reported…
Posted by Dorset Police on Saturday 16th April 2022
In the days following the event, many took to the Facebook page above to defend the event, with ravers likening it to the recent ‘partygate’ scandal at Number 10.
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have both received fines from the Metropolitan Police for breaking COVID lockdown rules by attending parties in Downing Street and Whitehall.
Comments on the post mocked the outrage, with one saying, “It wasn’t a rave, it was just cheese and cookies listening to repetitive beats,” another added, “Whatever he however, the biggest question of all – Was there cake?” a commenter asked, referring to Johnson’s birthday cake at one of the illegal gatherings. Another comment read, “just having cake.”
The party finally broke out around 9 p.m. Sunday night, according to police.
They added that they would investigate any criminal offenses, with a view to prosecution.
Sue Gray’s report into the alleged gatherings in Downing Street earlier this year concluded that a number of events “should not have been allowed to take place”.
She added: ‘At least some of the gatherings in question represent a serious failure to uphold not only the high standards expected of those working at the heart of government, but also the standards expected of the wider British population at the time. .
“Sometimes there seems to have been too little thought given to what was happening across the country when considering the relevance of some of these gatherings, the risks they posed to public health and how they might appear to the public.
“There have been failures of leadership and judgment by different parts of No 10 and the Cabinet Office at different times.”