Wiltshire

Swindon illegal rave-raid police officers attacked

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Media captionWiltshire Police say they are "surprised and shocked at the level of violence" against police as they tried to stop the illegal rave

Four police officers were injured when bricks and missiles were thrown during an illegal rave attended by several hundred people in Wiltshire.

One officer suffered concussion when he was struck with a brick at the eight-hour event, which led to five arrests.

Wiltshire Police was called to the River Ray industrial estate in Swindon shortly after 01:00 GMT.

Five people were detained, four of them for public order offences and one for assaulting a police officer.

The injured officer was later taken to hospital. The other three - including a dog handler - were treated at the scene.

Image caption Wiltshire Police officers were sent to the area shortly after 01:00 GMT
Image caption Extra officers were drafted in from Avon and Somerset and Thames Valley police forces

Its officers were alerted to a number of cars gathering in the estate off Barnfield Road and about 100 people were seen heading to an empty unit.

Extra officers were drafted in from neighbouring Avon and Somerset and Thames Valley forces, and at about 03:00 GMT they were pelted with missiles.

The concussed officer was later taken to Great Western Hospital, Swindon.

The five arrested include:

  • A 20-year-old man from Dunstable, arrested for public order offences and released with no further action
  • A 22-year-old man from Suffolk, arrested for violent disorder and remains in custody
  • A 20-year-old woman from Norwich, arrested for violent disorder and remains in custody
  • A 21-year-old man from Kettering, arrested for violent disorder and remains in custody
  • A 34-year-old man from Cambridgeshire, arrested for violent disorder and assault of a police officer and remains in custody

Supt Andrew Carr said: "We have to assess the damage to local premises and businesses.

"It is very disappointing that this incident escalated resulting in arrests and officers injured.

"Members of the public became hostile to officers and began to throw missiles. This resulted in damage to vehicles parked nearby, and include some business premises and fences in the area."

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