Boxing Day ‘rave’ misery for Farcet residents

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Hundreds of youngsters made Boxing Day a misery for residents in the Fens by holding an illegal rave.

Loud music was blaring out of stereos and dozens of cars descended on land in Straight Drove, Farcet in the early hours of Boxing Day.

One man was arrested for possession of drugs following the event.

Police said the rave had been cleared by 3.40pm, but Suzanne Nottingham (32), a resident living near the rave, said she heard noise throughout the day.

She said: “At around 4am Boxing Day morning I was woken up by the sound of music and bass.

“The bass was really thumping. I really did wonder whether I was imagining it or it was actually happening.

“I had no idea where the noise was coming from. I thought it was from the onion factory nearby.

“I got up at 8am, and there were lots of teenagers packed into cars - all the cars had five people in.

“They were obviously lost as they drove down a dead end, and were using a muddy track that can only be really used by tractors.

“The cars were coming and going all morning.

“The noise was still there at 5pm.

“Because it is normally a quiet area, it put me on edge seeing so many people who were not meant to be here.”

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said: “Police were called at 12.45am on December 26 to reports of a ‘rave’, in Straight Drove, Farcet.

“Officers attending the incident were granted authority to prevent additional people from entering the site in vehicles or on foot.

“Sound equipment was seized from the site.

“As attendees left the scene they were breathalysed by officers at the entrance to the access road. They co-operated with this and all the tests were negative.”

He said the site had been cleared by 3.40pm on 26 December.

One man, aged in his 20s, has been summonsed after his arrest on suspicion of possession of cannabis.

He will appear at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court in the new year.