Berkshire

Police attacked during illegal rave at Catmore

Six people have been arrested after police officers trying to stop an illegal rave in woodland in west Berkshire were attacked.

About 350 people had gathered for the event in Catmore on Saturday night.

When officers tried to close it down at 0400 BST on Sunday, several of them were injured by missiles being thrown.

The most seriously hurt officer needed hospital treatment after being struck on the head by two bottles.

The rave eventually came to an end at about 1100 BST on Sunday.

Three men, aged 21, 24, and 26, and two women, aged 29 and 31, all from Oxfordshire, were arrested on suspicion of being involved in organising an illegal rave.

An 18-year-old man from Bedford was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

Dog hurt

Det Con Greg Hulse, of Thames Valley Police, said a large amount of sound equipment was also seized.

He added: "This was an illegal rave which at times descended into violent disorder.

"When our officers tried to stop the event at around 4am, lots of missiles were thrown, which included burning wood.

"Thirteen officers and a police dog were injured in total.

"Fortunately, the rave happened in a very isolated location so there was minimal impact on the neighbouring community.

"However, several farmers have reported that their animals were disturbed by the loud music.

"I am keen to speak to anyone who attended this rave. It is likely that some of those who attended would have filmed what was happening on their phones and I would be very keen to see that footage."

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