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New Year ravers anger residents

The last party-goers left at about 0800 GMT on New Year’s Day
Thousands of revellers celebrated New Year at an unlicensed rave despite angry residents calling police over the noise.
People living near the disused warehouse in Molly Millars Lane, Wokingham, Berkshire, rang police at 0340 GMT on New Year’s Day to complain.

Nineteen Thames Valley police officers arrived to discover 2,000 party-goers at the rave, but decided not to close it down because the venue was safe and some distance from houses.

Thames Valley Police said: “The premises were safe with no one in any obvious danger.

“Due to the sheer number of people involved and the fact that the warehouse was a distance away from residential areas, officers decided to continue to monitor the situation and its impact on the local community.”

A 19-year-old man from Witney, Oxfordshire, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply and has been bailed pending further inquiries.

A 23-year-old man from Surrey was given an instant caution for possession of cannabis and a second 23-year-old man was cautioned for public disorder offences.

The last revellers left the rave at about 0820 GMT, according to police.