Ravers leave behind mess on Dorset site
By meridian news – June 24, 2002
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Up to 300 new age travellers have now left a forest in Dorset, having spent the weekend staging an illegal rave.
Sixty large vehicles moved onto the farm land next to an area of special scientific interest. Once the police moved in, they packed up their sound systems, leaving behind a trail of rubbish.
One farmer has seen his hay crop trampled into the ground, along with fences broken and rubbish strewn across his field.
Based next to an area of special scientific interest, environmentalists are angry at the destruction caused – and were fearful of the potential fire risks.
Roads were blocked off yesterday, for fear more travellers would arrive, while the police helicopter circled the area. Eventually the travellers agreed to leave the site, but not before the field had been trampled into the ground.
Several camps have been set up in Dorset over recent months, but at present the law does not allow the police to make travellers responsible for the damage they cause.