A Brighton man was one of three to be charged after an illegal rave at a nature reserve just outside Lewes.
Spencer Whale, 43, an unemployed man, of Beaconsfield Road, Brighton, was charged with causing a public nuisance and was due appear before Brighton magistrates today (Tuesday 27 June).
Sussex Police said: “Police were made aware of an illegal rave taking place at Malling Down Nature Reserve between Lewes and Ringmer shortly after midnight on Saturday (24 June).
“Around 100 people and 20 vehicles were in attendance. A police presence at the location was maintained and active measures were taken to seek to prevent it escalating further. The B2192 was closed to prevent more people joining.
“Four people received minor injuries, three from being involved in a fight and one from being bitten by a dog.”
Superintendent Jayne Dando said: “Raves can cause a huge amount of disruption to local residents and damage to the land.
“We’d like to thank local people who called us as the site was a remote area of land.
“We were able to prevent more people joining the rave but due to the number of people we weren’t able to remove everyone from the site.
“We remained on site for the whole night and monitored the situation. We were able to arrest and charge those we believed were the organisers of the event.
“Let us know immediately if you have any suspicion that a rave is going to take place or is getting under way.”
As well as Whale, two other men were charged and due to be brought before the bench in Brighton today. They were
Graham Davis, 39, an electrician, of Ballards Lane, London, who was charged with causing a public nuisance
Liam Alexander, 27, a tree surgeon, of High Street, Partridge Green, near Horsham, who was charged with having an offensive weapon
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