Police shut down and investigate illegal moor gathering over Jubilee weekend in Cornwall

Illegal gathering at Davidstow Moor
Police asked people to stay away from the gathering in the interest of "public safety" Credit: BPM Media

Police shut down an illegal gathering on a moor in Cornwall overnight.

Officers have launched an investigation into the Friday night (3 June) event and have remained at the site on Saturday.

Devon and Cornwall Police received reports of the gathering involving hundreds at Davidstow Moor, near Davidstow, Camelford, at around 10pm.

The force asked people to stay away in the interest of "public safety" while a significant number of specialist police resources have been deployed to the area and are working to safely manage the ongoing situation.

Hundreds are reported to have gathered with some attendees claiming to have travelled from as far as Scotland Credit: BPM Media

A police spokesperson said: “The event is currently covering quite a large area and we believe there are several hundred people in attendance.

"A number of people have left this morning and others attempting to enter have been turned away.

"In the interest of public safety, we are asking anyone thinking about attending the event not to do so.

"I would like to reassure the local communities and wider public that we are taking this matter seriously and where appropriate, we will seek to action against those attending and running the event.”

There is currently a police cordon in place around the site and a number of local roads in the area until further notice.

There is heavy traffic and travel disruption around Camelford and other areas so motorists should expect delays and are urged to avoid the area.

A spokesperson for the force said: "Our concerns are both for the people in attendance and the impact on the local community.

"Local roads are currently gridlocked and there is limited access for emergency vehicles to attend should they be needed.

"We have also closed local roads in the area until further notice."