200 invade Canvey nature reserve for a rave

Angry – councillor Dave Blackwell with some of the rubbish collected after Sunday’s illegal rave at the nature reserve

Angry – councillor Dave Blackwell with some of the rubbish collected after Sunday’s illegal rave at the nature reserve

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A PEACEFUL nature reserve was taken over by more than 200 revellers who descended on it for an illegal rave.

Police were called by angry residents after scores of people turned up at Canvey Wick, off Northwick Road, at about 1am on Sunday.

The reserve is home to a rare, protected species of shrill carder bee and has just undergone a major revamp by the RSPB.

Islander George Watley, of Limburg Road, said he had been kept awake by the ruckus.

He added: “This really should not be allowed.

“It kept us awake and was an absolute nuisance.

“These youngsters are not interested in the rare wildlife on the Wick. They are just interested in getting themselves absolutely blottoed and head banging.”

“I have no objection to people having a good time, but once people start doing things illegally, it encourages the wrong element.”

Last July, about 100 people damaged the reserve after turning up at the Wick for an illegal rave organised via Facebook.

On Sunday, residents and local councillors spotted youngsters clambering over the seawall and through ditches and called the police.

Canvey Island Independence Party town and borough councillors Dave Blackwell said: “The people at these raves leave behind a lot of mess, such as broken bottles and glass.

“It’s worrying and dangerous because people go to the Wick with their children to ride horses and walk their dogs.

“You cannot have people drinking and doing drugs there.

“There is also the safety of these young people at these events to consider.

“It is very dark there.

Someone could easily fall down into one of the ditches and hurt themselves and nobody would know about it.”

Steve Roach, RSPB warden at the Wick, said the organisation had been trying to strike a balance between making the Wick accessible to nature lovers and keeping it secure.

He added: “At the minute, we are working with the police and council to keep them updated.

“We have signs up, warning people they could be prosecuted.

“We are making the site as secure as possible, while allowing the public who want to enjoy it, to go there.

“We have put up bollards to stop motorbikes getting on, but they are a type which still let horse riders through.

“When work is complete on the site we will be taking on volunteers who will be looking after it and will also keep an eye on things there.”

A police spokesman said the Essex Police helicopter had been launched at 1.50am in response to reports of an unlicensed rave.

He added: “Officers attended and found between 100 and 200 people there.

“They tried to identify the organisers and the event ended at 3.30am.”

Anyone with information about who organised the event is asked to call police on 101.

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3:02pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Ok lets get this straight..

Illegal Rave.(first sentence)
Police called 1am.
Helicopter was up at 1.50am.
Police looked for the organiser but not found and the rave ended at 3.30am


So no one was moved on, no one prosecuted and the rave was allowed to carry on until it finished at 3.30am.

Any know what the point of the police and Helicopter was if nothing was done, do the Police not have the power to stop something thats 'Illegal'?
Where they too scared?
Not enough officers?

Can i carry out an illegal act infront of Police and nothing will be done?
all sounds odd.
Ok lets get this straight.. Illegal Rave.(first sentence) Police called 1am. Helicopter was up at 1.50am. Police looked for the organiser but not found and the rave ended at 3.30am So no one was moved on, no one prosecuted and the rave was allowed to carry on until it finished at 3.30am. Any know what the point of the police and Helicopter was if nothing was done, do the Police not have the power to stop something thats 'Illegal'? Where they too scared? Not enough officers? Can i carry out an illegal act infront of Police and nothing will be done? all sounds odd. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 2

3:17pm Wed 6 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

they love taking that helicopter up, and who can blame them, it must be fun whirring about in it......... as for this rave, seems like a reasonable effort by the organisers to site it somewhere appropriate, and not cause too much nuisance, and police for once did the right thing, no point causing a riot just because a few youngsters are out having a great time..... I suppose it would be better for some people if they were out on the streets, drunk, causing mayhem and violence, it seems they just can't win with some people....
they love taking that helicopter up, and who can blame them, it must be fun whirring about in it......... as for this rave, seems like a reasonable effort by the organisers to site it somewhere appropriate, and not cause too much nuisance, and police for once did the right thing, no point causing a riot just because a few youngsters are out having a great time..... I suppose it would be better for some people if they were out on the streets, drunk, causing mayhem and violence, it seems they just can't win with some people.... pembury53
  • Score: -7

3:28pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Sensible Man says...

pembury53 wrote:
they love taking that helicopter up, and who can blame them, it must be fun whirring about in it......... as for this rave, seems like a reasonable effort by the organisers to site it somewhere appropriate, and not cause too much nuisance, and police for once did the right thing, no point causing a riot just because a few youngsters are out having a great time..... I suppose it would be better for some people if they were out on the streets, drunk, causing mayhem and violence, it seems they just can't win with some people....
Oh dear - the witterings of the Greater Summer Troll.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: they love taking that helicopter up, and who can blame them, it must be fun whirring about in it......... as for this rave, seems like a reasonable effort by the organisers to site it somewhere appropriate, and not cause too much nuisance, and police for once did the right thing, no point causing a riot just because a few youngsters are out having a great time..... I suppose it would be better for some people if they were out on the streets, drunk, causing mayhem and violence, it seems they just can't win with some people....[/p][/quote]Oh dear - the witterings of the Greater Summer Troll. Sensible Man
  • Score: 12

3:39pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

We dont deserve nature reserves in this country.
Must have been a lot of youngsters with dog mess on the shoes if the Canvey reserve is anything like the ones in Southend.
We dont deserve nature reserves in this country. Must have been a lot of youngsters with dog mess on the shoes if the Canvey reserve is anything like the ones in Southend. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -5

5:36pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Controversial1 says...

Sounds like they had a good time, and judging by the photo they even put their rubbish in black bags!
Fair play - crack on
Sounds like they had a good time, and judging by the photo they even put their rubbish in black bags! Fair play - crack on Controversial1
  • Score: -4

10:32pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Controversial1 wrote:
Sounds like they had a good time, and judging by the photo they even put their rubbish in black bags!
Fair play - crack on
yes must of been a hoot on Carlsberg, Carling and 1 .5ltrs of pop with Dad on the label.
[quote][p][bold]Controversial1[/bold] wrote: Sounds like they had a good time, and judging by the photo they even put their rubbish in black bags! Fair play - crack on[/p][/quote]yes must of been a hoot on Carlsberg, Carling and 1 .5ltrs of pop with Dad on the label. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 0

11:50pm Wed 6 Aug 14

MJSMITH says...

ooh tally ho! love the bollards bit, are they implying that the ravers were on horseback and that made it insecure? middle-upper class ravers,lol
ooh tally ho! love the bollards bit, are they implying that the ravers were on horseback and that made it insecure? middle-upper class ravers,lol MJSMITH
  • Score: 0

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