Police shut down Dorking office block rave attended by 500 people after two-hour stand-off

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Police shut down an illegal rave attended by more than 500 people at office block after a two-hour stand-off in Surrey.

The drama unfolded after huge crowds turned up to the party at an office block in Dorking overnight.

Surrey Police said officers were called to the unlicensed music event in Station Road late on Saturday. 

The police helicopter was also deployed to assist with the incident.

Neighbour Jessica Smith told the Mail Online: “I noticed a large group of people hovering at the bottom of the road when I arrived home about 10.15pm, then around midnight helicopters circling above the house woke us up. 

“We looked out of the window and police had formed a human barricade at the end of the road and there were so many police cars.”

Police Special Sergeant Sam, a volunteer response officer in Mole Valley, said in a series of tweets: “Never thought I’d say I would be first on scene to a rave #Dorking. Attended following initial scenes of violent disorder and damage.

“Backup with significant resources at Dorking rave… after first on scene after two-hour stand-off. 

“Ended 12.5 hour shift after ending up dealing with large scale so-called rave West Dorking. 50+ officers on scene.”

Surrey Police said in a statement: “Surrey Police was alerted to an unlicensed music event at an address in Dorking overnight on Saturday, August 12.

“A large number of units attended and dispersed approximately 500 people from the property on Station Road by 2am on Sunday August 13.

“No arrests have been made at this stage but sound equipment has been seized. An investigation into the incident will take place.”


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