Lincolnshire Police have defended their response to an illegal rave near Horncastle last weekend after allegations from angry residents about a “lack of involvement.”
Residents say they complained to police about loud music coming the rave which took place at the derelict Whitehouse Farm, near Waddingworth.
One resident revealed music was still ‘blaring’ from the scene at 3.30 on Sunday morning, even though police had already been notified and had visited the scene.
The resident claimed police had been inundated’ with complaints but that music was continuing to cause a disturbance at 6,44am - even though officers were present and it was an ‘illegal rave.’
In an email sent to the News, the resident said the music eventually stopped 9.09am but claimed police never intervened or tried to stop the event.
She said by the time officers responded in numbers, people had left the rave, including organisers.
The resident added: “Local people are extremely angry at the lack of police involvement which enabled Rave organisers to continue their event uninhibited - until they were ready to leave in the morning.
“This episode will no doubt earmark Lincolnshire as an easy target for (other) Rave organisers.”
Inspector Terry Ball, head of the Wolds Police division, said he could understand the frustrations of residents but described the police response as ‘appropriate and proportionate.’
He added: “At the time, police resources were already heavily committed with prisoners and incidents and it was assessed that it was not proportionate to divert the number of police resources required to shut down the rave away from other local incidents.
“In any incident such as this, we need to judge police action against the disruption caused and the potential for escalation.
“Due to the large number of officers required to safely disperse a large crowd in a remote location, a decision was taken to monitor and contain the event.
“This tactic is often used in these situations and the decision is based on threat and risk in terms of the event itself and the policing of the whole of the county.”
He said the decision not to intervene was also based on the fact the noise level was ‘variable’ and what he termed a ‘small number’ of complaints.
Insp Ball added: “We do completely understand the frustrations of local residents, but we have to make decisions based on the resources available and the need to police the entire county.
“We do not take these decisions lightly and there was an ongoing review of the situation to ensure that the decision taken about the police response was appropriate and proportionate.”