Car smashes into police vehicle at illegal rave injuring four including officer

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Police breaking up an illegal rave were smashed into head-on by another car, injuring four people.

An officer was one of the casualties needing medical attention, with one person reportedly taken to hospital by air ambulance.

More than 50 ravers had been arrested by Sunday morning, Sussex Police confirmed after shutting down the event in Steyning near Worthing, which was flocked to on Saturday night by 2,000 people.

The Sun reports that another police officer was assaulted by yobs who turned on emergency services as they arrived to secure the site on Sunday.

Overnight party-goers were still going strong when ordered to leave the "unlicensed" rave onWest Sussex farmland at around 9am.

Photos of country roads leading to the event show hundreds of cars parked up.

Pictures and video on social media also appear to show large crowds failing to social distance as they dance in a field in front of speakers pumping out music.

Ravers were arrested on suspicion of offences including drink and drug-driving, possession of drugs and theft, and have been taken into custody, the force said.

Organisers of the apparent rave, which drew a significant crowd from outside the area, could also face £10,000 fines.

The crash came after cops warned people to avoid the area as the rave was being shut down.

They said in a statement: "Anyone planning on attending the event is warned not to travel to the site – officers will be taking action against those found doing so."

Under current coronavirus rules, gatherings must not exceed 30 people unless they are covered by a legal exemption.

Organisers of illegal gatherings of more than 50 people outdoors can face hefty fines of up to £10,000.

Officers shut various roads as they dealt with the incident, while asking members of the public to stay away.

Chief Superintendent Nick May from Sussex Police said: “Our priority is ensuring the safety of the community and everyone in the vicinity.

“We have a significant number of officers at the scene working to bring the event to a safe and timely conclusion.

“This is an ongoing matter and we thank the public for their patience and co-operation at this time.”

The illegal rave had a mixed response from social media users.

One person tweeted: "Why not just let them have some fun !! I think people have had enough now!"

Another posted: "This has clearly happened because people are p***ed off with sports events being allowed to happen but not music events! @BorisJohnson needs to allow music events."

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