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Up to 2,000 people attended a rave party in Sussex

Sussex Police have made seven arrests at a rave party on the South Downs. Officers say the open-air music event near Devils Dyke finished early this morning. Up to 2,000 revellers were estimated to have attended the event at its busiest on Sunday.

Police had set up road blocks to help prevent more people arriving. News of the rave had spread via social media. Sussex Police said they carried out breath tests on departing vehicles as people left, but the tests did not result in any arrests.

About 400 vehicles were on the site. Officers said they began to receive reports of the event from 1am on Sunday. A number of calls came from nearby residents in Poynings and Saddlescombe during Sunday, complaining about noise and the serious distress the event was causing them.

"Such gatherings are unlicensed, illegal parties often held on land which is not owned by the organisers. These raves can cause a huge amount of disruption to local residents and damage to the land.

"Where we can we will attend a report at the earliest opportunity to try to bring it to a safe conclusion. When a large number of people are already at the site it is not always possible for us to shut down the rave safely with the police resources available at that time.

"However we will always take action to contain the event, to reassure local residents, and work with partners, such as the National Trust in this case, to minimise the impact."

– Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones, Sussex Police

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