Police battle to shut down illegal rave in the Forest of Dean

Police battle to shut down illegal rave in the Forest of Dean and warn it will take 'some time' to clear crowns of lockdown revellers Gloucestershire Constabulary say 'large volume' of people are in area for 'rave' Officers are in the spot near to Speculation Car Park dispersing revellers Police chiefs today warn that it will 'likely take some time' to resolve the incident 

By James Robinson for MailOnline

Published: 07:35 BST, 2 August 2020 | Updated: 14:58 BST, 2 August 2020

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Police are this morning in a battle to shut down an illegal rave in a well-known spot after a 'large' number of lockdown revellers gathered last night.

Officers say it will likely take 'some time' to disperse the unlicensed party, which took place overnight in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.

People are being advised to avoid the spot, one of the surviving ancient woodlands of England, while police attempt to disperse revellers.

Gloucestershire Constabulary said in a tweet: 'Police are currently in the Forest of Dean near to Speculation Car Park dispersing a rave.

'People are advised not to attend the area due to safety and Covid risks.'

Officers say it will likely take 'some time' to disperse the unlicensed party, which took place overnight in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire

Officers say it will likely take 'some time' to disperse the unlicensed party, which took place overnight in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire

They added it would 'likely take some time' to resolve the incident.  

A Gloucestershire Constabulary spokesman said the operation had been 'relatively successful' and was 'coming to a close'. 

No arrests have yet been made, though details of any arrests are expected to be released later today.

Gatherings of more than 30 people are still banned in England under the

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