Police shut down an illegal rave at Haldon Forest in the early hours of Sunday morning following reports by members of the public.
Around 250 – 300 people were in attendance, which is believed to have been organised on social media as a “Valentine’s Rave” on social media.
Police seized speakers from the site and the event was shut down by 3am.
Road checkpoints were set up by police to ensure no one driving was under the influence.
One arrest was made for drink/drug driving offenses.
Devon & Cornwall Police Acting Chief Inspector Steve Philp said: “Due to the swift and professional response of our officers, the event was safely wound up by 3am. The area had been completely cleared by the early afternoon on Sunday. A potentially difficult situation was resolved quickly and peacefully through a combination of specialist resources supporting local police, all working together to achieve an excellent outcome.
Illegal raves are not just a nuisance to local communities by playing loud music, blocking roads and littering the area, but they are a danger to those who attend too. The remote locations are often not suitable for large scale gatherings, and with no medical teams on site the potential for harm for attendees is high when combined with alcohol and illegal substances.”
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