Squatters leave Chessington rave warehouse 'voluntarily'

Rave: Squatters have left a warehouse in Cox Lane

Rave: Squatters have left a warehouse in Cox Lane

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Up to 15 squatters have left a Chessington warehouse where an all-night rave was held on Saturday night.

Between 400 and 500 people attended the rave, held inside an empty unit on the Cox Lane industrial estate, which could reportedly be heard in Berrylands, Surbiton and New Malden.

Earlier this morning Kingston police arrested a man at the Cox Lane site on suspicion of breaching his bail and possessing drugs.

A Metropolitan spokesman said: "Police have now secured the property and restored it to the owners after squatters left voluntarily."

Security will be beefed up after the incident, he added.

Describing the police reaction to the rave, Ch Insp Gary Taylor said: "During the course of the night Kingston officers liaised with the security from the event to ensure a clear dialogue with the organisers.

"Following a risk assessment we believed it was safer to manage the event in the location rather than have the potential for possible large scale incident whilst trying to close it down.

"With police pressure, a phased closure was implemented starting at 6am, finally closing at 9am. We are not aware of any reports of criminality from this party during the event."

In 2000 after a rave in Tolworth Court Farm, when thousands of travellers descended on the site for three days, police said a lack of resources had not prevented them from dispersing ravers.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said at the time: "We do have powers to go in and disperse people, but it was decided that it might have caused more public order problems.

"If a decision had been made to remove people, appropriate resources would have been made available. The decision was not resource based."

Did you go to the rave? Leave your comments below, call the newsdesk on 020 8744 4273, or email jon.sharman@london.newsquest.co.uk.

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8:06pm Mon 3 Feb 14

canana37 says...

So pleased the police could safely manage the end of the event. What a shame that it took 10 hours to do so, meaning a sleepless night for us residents. Yet again, the businesses in the Chessington Industrial estate are protected whilst the local residents are ignored and made to suffer.
So pleased the police could safely manage the end of the event. What a shame that it took 10 hours to do so, meaning a sleepless night for us residents. Yet again, the businesses in the Chessington Industrial estate are protected whilst the local residents are ignored and made to suffer. canana37
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9:06pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Far from the Madding Crowd says...

What do the Police actually do, there must have been plenty of coppers off duty trying to have a kip apart from every other poor soul. And what about stolen electricity, don't suppose the scum took their own generator. The trouble is I thought it was someone in our street and was getting more and more annoyed at their moronic choice of music...boom, boom, boom (and not my heartbeat !!) grrr
What do the Police actually do, there must have been plenty of coppers off duty trying to have a kip apart from every other poor soul. And what about stolen electricity, don't suppose the scum took their own generator. The trouble is I thought it was someone in our street and was getting more and more annoyed at their moronic choice of music...boom, boom, boom (and not my heartbeat !!) grrr Far from the Madding Crowd
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12:58pm Tue 4 Feb 14

EwellMan says...

canana37 wrote:
So pleased the police could safely manage the end of the event. What a shame that it took 10 hours to do so, meaning a sleepless night for us residents. Yet again, the businesses in the Chessington Industrial estate are protected whilst the local residents are ignored and made to suffer.
I fail to understand how it takes the police (the people that uphold the law in theis country) 10 hours to stop an illegal warehouse party with stolen electricity?
Surely cut the electric and everyone would leave, if not face arrest.

Sums the problem up really "Following a risk assessment we believed it was safer to manage the event in the location rather than have the potential for possible large scale incident whilst trying to close it down"

Risk assesment....ha ha ha!!!!

You mean the police realised the dont have enough resources and were outnumbered and rather than risk being attacked they decided to leave the illigal rave to continue.

I feel sorry for the residents that pay their taxes for support from the like of the police that then stand and watch why people break the law
[quote][p][bold]canana37[/bold] wrote: So pleased the police could safely manage the end of the event. What a shame that it took 10 hours to do so, meaning a sleepless night for us residents. Yet again, the businesses in the Chessington Industrial estate are protected whilst the local residents are ignored and made to suffer.[/p][/quote]I fail to understand how it takes the police (the people that uphold the law in theis country) 10 hours to stop an illegal warehouse party with stolen electricity? Surely cut the electric and everyone would leave, if not face arrest. Sums the problem up really "Following a risk assessment we believed it was safer to manage the event in the location rather than have the potential for possible large scale incident whilst trying to close it down" Risk assesment....ha ha ha!!!! You mean the police realised the dont have enough resources and were outnumbered and rather than risk being attacked they decided to leave the illigal rave to continue. I feel sorry for the residents that pay their taxes for support from the like of the police that then stand and watch why people break the law EwellMan
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