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'My livelihood is at stake' - Farmer speaks out after illegal rave slurry arrest

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A farmer has spoken out after his neighbour was arrested for pouring slurry in a field full of illegal ravers.

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Tenant farmer David Rolls is furious with police after the illegal rave was held on land he leases to grow hay for horses which was left strewn with broken bottles.

 

Mr Rolls said between 150 and 200 people attended the rave on his fields - but Cambridgeshire Police have defended their actions saying it was dealt with in a ’proportionate’ manner.

 

He told the Cambridge News: “Four riot vans and various other police cars turned up but just stood there watching. They said they weren’t going to break it up as the ravers would be drunk or on drugs and get in their cars.

 

“Fair enough, but they could have made arrests as there was drugs evidence everywhere. The police said it was too dangerous to let them drive off.

 

“So they just stood around. My neighbour came to help and drove a tractor with slurry [into the field]. Police said if the slurry went over them - the police - my neighbour would be done for assault.

 

“He didn’t put the slurry over them just near them.

 

 

“But the police seemed more interested in arresting us and they grabbed my neighbour from the tractor’s cab which was high up and pulled him to the ground. He is in his 60s.

 

“I am in a right state. My livelihood is at stake with the damage to my crops with broken bottles everywhere. I grow grass for hay and if I harvest it with broken glass in it the horses that eat it could die.

 

“I just don’t know what to do. I’m not one of these rich farmers. I am a tenant farmer.

 

“The ravers are ignorant idiots who don’t realise the damage they have caused because they are ignorant. I am furious at the police. They did nothing to protect us. I’ve probably lost tens of thousands of pounds from this.”

 

A Cambridgeshire Police spokeswoman said: “We were called at 1.11am to reports of a rave taking place in a rural location near Arrington.

 

“Approximately 30 officers attended the scene and dealt with the situation in a proportionate manner.

 

“As vehicles left the site they were stopped and where appropriate drivers were breathalysed.

 

“No arrests were made.

 

“Advice was given to a man on site about his conduct, which he ignored, and resulted in a 59-year-old man from Cambridge being arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace.

 

“He was taken to Parkside police station where he was later released with no further action.”

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