Bristol rave: Police at illegal rave on land off Old Gloucester Road - road closed

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People have attended from as far away as Essex

Hundreds of people attended an illegal rave taking place in north Bristol. The rave on farmland off Old Gloucester Road near Winterbourne began at around 10pm last night, before music stopped at around 10am today.

Bristol World was at the scene and spoke to some of the people who were leaving the rave this morning. Some had come from as far as Essex for the event.

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Police have closed Old Gloucester Road, and were only letting vehicles and people on foot leave the event, which was centred on a large barn in a field off the road.

Between 400 and 500 people were at the event at its height, although this morning that number reduced significantly. It was next to the London to Bristol Great Western Main Line.

Noise from the rave also distrubed people living in Winterbourne, with several taking to social media platforms overnight to complain about it.

One said: “Enough is enough now, how is it still going and been allowed to carry on all night? Someone needs to pull the plug and close that noise down!There really are some thoughtless, selfish self absorbed people in this world.”

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Avon and Somerset Police were called to the incident shortly after midnight. Officers are working with organisers to attempt to bring the event to a ‘safe conclusion’.

At 10am, the music to the event stopped. Old Gloucester Road is still closed with revellers continuing to leave. Many are either in Winterbourne or close to the Winter Stream Farm pub in Bradley Stoke, waiting for lifts home.

Police at the Hambrook end of Old Gloucester Road, with the rave on the lefthand side past the railway linePolice at the Hambrook end of Old Gloucester Road, with the rave on the lefthand side past the railway line
Police at the Hambrook end of Old Gloucester Road, with the rave on the lefthand side past the railway line | Alex Ross

Update: At 12.39pm, police said the event was brought to an end with officers remaining in the area. A spokesperson said: “The unauthorised music event in South Gloucestershire has been brought to a safe conclusion. Approx 100 people were on site at about 10am but have now left. Officers remain in the area.

“Thanks to the public for their patience while we dealt with this.”

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