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YouTube footage of illegal rave in Rochford woodland
8:00am Friday 10th August 2012 in Echo News
FOOTAGE of revellers at an illegal rave in Rochford woodland has been posted on YouTube.
More than 200 people attended the event, advertised on Facebook, in Gusted Hall Woods, Rochford.
Dozens of residents near to Gusted Hall Lane called police to complain about the loud music in the early hours.
Police say when officers first arrived at 1am they were pelted with bottles. After speaking with the organiser, they agreed to stop the music and clear the site.
One man, who attended the rave, said it had been organised properly.
He said: "I am a qualified first aider. There were wristbands given out as proof of entry and they were checked regularly so there wasn't anyone who hadn't paid.
"There was no alcohol sold at the rave. The police turned up en masse, four riot vans, three cars and about 10 at the bottom of the lane. They were completely over the top in my opinion."