London rave persisted because police say it was ‘too dangerous’ to break up
According to local police, a 36-hour-long rave that transpired in central London last weekend was allowed to continue, though against their will. Upwards of 500 individuals charged toward a currently abandoned site – across from a police station – where a hotel is planned to be constructed. Though officers reported to Holborn Viaduct early Sunday morning, they did not interfere – instead choosing to safely guide attendees away from the site as they began exiting later that afternoon. The decision was made purely “on safety grounds,” taking into consideration the well being of both the police and partygoers.
In fact, the party in Holborn was backup for a prior rave in Fenchurch that was terminated hours earlier, with around 150 people expelled from the site. It wasn’t until 2am when hundreds more migrated to the new location – at which point police concluded that the rave was too large to appropriately manage.
“We had shut down the main rave earlier so officers had been deployed there, but as is often the case with these raves, the organisers have a number of locations to fall back to,” one officer said. “Most of the time people don’t know where it is until minutes before, so it is very hard to act fast enough to prevent them from occurring, which can only happen if you get there ahead of time.”
Via: Evening Standard