New footage has emerged which shows the massive scale and continued illegal rave activity in Cornwall. Drone video shows revelers still dancing in parts of the venue, with people, vehicles – and lots of mud – spread across a wide area.
The unlawful gathering continued into its third day, although footage from Hobby Mounts, which you can watch above, shows the huge crowd of hundreds has dispersed somewhat, with some areas empty. The man’s participants, who traveled from as far away as Scotland, have left, although there are still dozens at Davidstow airfield near Camelford.
It all started around 10pm on Friday June 3 when police were alerted as organizers were erecting a festival-wide arena, stalls and camping area. They said “80 teams” were setting up, with huge speakers and sound systems in evidence.
Read more: Live coverage of the rave since Saturday and as things develop can be found here
Since then, residents of Camelford, Delabole and the rest of the surrounding area have reported hearing loud electronic music almost non-stop. The music, some locals say, kept them awake 24 hours a day and can be heard clearly for miles around.
Police quickly moved in to try and break up the gathering, but instead surrounded the rave – described as an “unlawful gathering” by police – to prevent more people from entering. The A39 heading into the area remains littered with cars and tents belonging to people either inside the rave or remaining in the area trying to enter.
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Inside the arena are huge loudspeakers adorned with a skull and crossbones banner, along with an unknown number of ravers still partying. Estimates from witnesses and locals suggest there are potentially several thousand people, including those stuck outside the “arena”.
Yesterday morning (June 4), attendees said they traveled from across the country to attend. Some said they came from as far away as Scotland or Oxfordshire, making it a round trip of hundreds of miles.
They were described by Delabole photographer Adrian Jasper, who visited the site, as “respectful” and apparently there for a little fun. Likewise, some locals have expressed sympathy for the ravers, either for visiting the site or simply for standing up for their right to party.
Meanwhile, other residents were fed up with the noise and the potential consequences, and Devon and Cornwall Police said things had heated up, particularly at night. A police spokesman said there were “at least” eight arrests for driving, drug and alcohol-related offences, not in relation to two alleged assaults on officers.
Now the new video – shot around 3 p.m. – shows dozens of vehicles, mostly pickup trucks, presumably sleeping – if anyone slept – as well as tents, strewn across a wide swath of countryside and old settlements. ‘aerodrome. People can be seen moving around as well as pockets of revelers still dancing.
Big speakers and sound system setups are still in place. Vehicles leave regularly, with several police cars and vans dotted around the area. The activity took place amongst woods and fields, many leaving behind a mud pit, although video did not appear to show much litter lying around.
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Illegal Cornwall rave: ‘The Queen’ was spotted at a free party which is now in its third day
It emerged overnight that the rave was being held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UK’s biggest ever free party, at Castlemorton Common in 1992. more than the muster at the former RAF base at Davidstow.
A secret text message used to organize the party was posted on Facebook yesterday, which reveals more about the genesis of this rave. He asked attendees to be “respectful to locals and authorities” and to leave the area where they found him.
Despite early rumours, the rave has nothing to do with the Jubilee. However, the ‘queen’ was spotted at the arena last night. You can read more about it here.
As the end of the Jubilee weekend approaches, the rave continues. Conflicting rumors about the music’s demise, as opposed to its vigor, fly left, right, and center.
Meanwhile, Devon and Cornwall Police said the situation was in a “state of flux” and officers remained at the scene.
A full statement from the force read earlier today said: “Police remain at the scene at Davidstow Moor following reports of an unlawful assembly. Officers have been at the site since around 10pm yesterday , June 3. A significant number of specialized police resources have been deployed to the area and are working to safely manage the current situation.
“The event currently covers a fairly large area and we believe there are several hundred people in attendance. A number of people left this morning and others who tried to enter were turned away.
“In the interest of public safety, we ask anyone planning to attend the event not to do so. I would like to reassure local communities and the general public that we take this matter seriously and, if appropriate , we will seek action against those assisting and directing the event.”
“There is currently a police cordon in place around the site and a number of local roads in the area until further notice. “