Police called to illegal rave in Rivington

Chorley Citizen: BEAUTY SPOT: The castle at Rivington Reservoir, where the illegal rave was held BEAUTY SPOT: The castle at Rivington Reservoir, where the illegal rave was held

AN illegal rave held in a secluded area of Lancashire countryside was stopped by police this morning.

Officers became aware of the open-air music event after complaints from residents about dance music coming from Lever Castle, Rivington.

Police from both Lancashire and Greater Manchester received six complaints last night.

And when officers arrived they discovered 400 people had attended event.

More people contacted the police this morning to complain.

The rave, which is understood to be named Daylight Robbery, was advertised on internet social networking site Facebook under a group named Rivington Castle Illegal Rave.

Police said it started at midnight on Saturday and officers cleared the area by 8am this morning.

Two people were arrested for public order offences and officers were investigating a number of minor criminal offences.

Inspector Nick Williams-Jones said: “Lancashire Police dealt with an unauthorised open air music event in Rivington, near Chorley.

“It is estimated 400 persons were in attendance.”

He added that disruption to the local community had been limited to an extent because of the isolated location of the event.

Chief Inspector for Chorley and South Ribble, Richard Robertshaw, said: “We are aware this event caused some disruption to local residents.

I would like to reassure them that we are working with the local authority as part of a joint investigation to identify the organisers.”

The event was described on Facebook as the “first but hopefully never the last rave that was at Rivington Lower Castle”.

The site said: “Lights, speakers, decks – hey, even police helicopters!

"Lots of people all got along, no trouble whatsoever, there was no need for police to be there as everyone shook hands and had a good time.”

Rivington Castle, or Lever Castle as it is also known, was built from 1912, a year after Lever Park opened.

The construction of the castle was abandoned in 1925 after Lord Leverhulme’s death and stands unfinished in the grounds.

Building progress was slow as only a small group of stonemasons and labourers worked on the building.

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3:44pm Sun 13 Sep 09

horwich says...

The police didn't stop the rave it started at midnight and when we went to see what was going on at 3am there was a heavy police presence. The music did not stop until 7am. So the police did not stop the rave and thousands of residents got no sleep for a few hundred inconsiderate people!!!! Not impressed with the police!
The police didn't stop the rave it started at midnight and when we went to see what was going on at 3am there was a heavy police presence. The music did not stop until 7am. So the police did not stop the rave and thousands of residents got no sleep for a few hundred inconsiderate people!!!! Not impressed with the police! horwich
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3:51pm Sun 13 Sep 09

happycyclist says...

About time the castle was put to some good use. As long as they left no mess, what's the problem? It's not exactly near any houses and I struggle to see how thousands of people got no sleep. The nearest town is Horwich, not Chorley, and seeing as that's like the wild west every weekend anyway, I can't imagine too many people were inconvenienced.
About time the castle was put to some good use. As long as they left no mess, what's the problem? It's not exactly near any houses and I struggle to see how thousands of people got no sleep. The nearest town is Horwich, not Chorley, and seeing as that's like the wild west every weekend anyway, I can't imagine too many people were inconvenienced. happycyclist
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11:06pm Sun 13 Sep 09

burner says...

Oops!! Did someone enjoy themselves? Oh dear!
Oops!! Did someone enjoy themselves? Oh dear! burner
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11:08pm Sun 13 Sep 09

If_it's_not_broken_don't_fix_it says...

Happy cyclist - read the previous post, they clearly were kept awake.
Happy cyclist - read the previous post, they clearly were kept awake. If_it's_not_broken_don't_fix_it
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11:09pm Sun 13 Sep 09

moggy669 says...

oh no, lots of people having a good time and not causing any trouble, we cant have that eh!
If there was a noise problem they should have just made them turn it down a bit, problem solved.
oh no, lots of people having a good time and not causing any trouble, we cant have that eh! If there was a noise problem they should have just made them turn it down a bit, problem solved. moggy669
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11:59pm Sun 13 Sep 09

boomtown says...

Rave on
Rave on boomtown
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1:30pm Mon 14 Sep 09

Crosscut says...

The comment that "thousands of residents got no sleep" is complete exaggeration. A work collegue who lives between Horwich & Rivington, said he could hear the rave in the distance because his window was open. Having shut it , he could hardly hear anything, and was no more noisy than the passing traffic which many people live with on a main road.
The comment that "thousands of residents got no sleep" is complete exaggeration. A work collegue who lives between Horwich & Rivington, said he could hear the rave in the distance because his window was open. Having shut it , he could hardly hear anything, and was no more noisy than the passing traffic which many people live with on a main road. Crosscut
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2:31pm Mon 14 Sep 09

Lix says...

The police did a brilliant job on Sat night..from midnight they prevented any more people getting to the party, till about 2am....the police hellicopter continued to hover till 3am so a good estimate of people could be made in readiness for daybreak...when they sent the officers in...they were helpful, interested and subtle in their approach...music stopped at 7.20! if they had gone in at midnight or any later...they would not have recieved such a positive response from the party goers and the trouble could have been far worse...think they call it damage limitation!!! Well policed by boys in blue! and well partied party people!
The police did a brilliant job on Sat night..from midnight they prevented any more people getting to the party, till about 2am....the police hellicopter continued to hover till 3am so a good estimate of people could be made in readiness for daybreak...when they sent the officers in...they were helpful, interested and subtle in their approach...music stopped at 7.20! if they had gone in at midnight or any later...they would not have recieved such a positive response from the party goers and the trouble could have been far worse...think they call it damage limitation!!! Well policed by boys in blue! and well partied party people! Lix
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5:00am Wed 23 Sep 09

xXxRave_ChildxXx says...

These Free Parties, or illegeal raves as their also known, are perfectly harmless. they are not hurting other people, concidering all the other parties that go on through out the year, this one has only been documented in the news paper because local residents were disturbed, parties happen up their all the time. but as long as the organisers and people who attend clear up after them selfs, and respect were they are like most organisers try to do, then what is the problem? their was no need for the police to attend. because they didnt close it down all they did was moniter it. when parties are going strong, theirs no way the police can brake them up when you have 1000s upon 1000s of people attending, the police are hardly able to do anything. P.L.U.R!
These Free Parties, or illegeal raves as their also known, are perfectly harmless. they are not hurting other people, concidering all the other parties that go on through out the year, this one has only been documented in the news paper because local residents were disturbed, parties happen up their all the time. but as long as the organisers and people who attend clear up after them selfs, and respect were they are like most organisers try to do, then what is the problem? their was no need for the police to attend. because they didnt close it down all they did was moniter it. when parties are going strong, theirs no way the police can brake them up when you have 1000s upon 1000s of people attending, the police are hardly able to do anything. P.L.U.R! xXxRave_ChildxXx
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