Police arrest five at illegal rave in Bristol
By Avon and Summerset Constabulary – Monday July 21 2002
Copyright: Avon and Summerset Constabulary
Police received complaints from members of the public that in excess of 300 people had gathered on parkland under the A370 Brunel Way, near to the Cumberland system in Bristol, at about 11.45pm on Saturday July 20 2002.
They had a substantial amount of stereo equipment and two generators with them and were intent on holding an illegal rave.
It was clear that a rave at the location would pose a significant risk of harm to those attending, and disruption to the local community. The decision was therefore made to use powers under Section 63 of the Criminal Justice Act 1994 to bring the event to a close.
District officers, supported by the dog section and support group officers moved onto the site at about 5.30am on Sunday July 21 2002, wearing protective equipment.
Despite encountering violent resistance, they succeeded in seizing the generators and sufficient amounts of equipment to bring the event to a conclusion.
A total of five arrests were made for offences including conspiracy to commit a public nuisance, violent disorder and public order offences.
Two officers received minor injuries.
For safety reasons the A370 was partly closed while the operation was carried out, ending at about 6am when the revellers dispersed.