A 'RAVE' in the Hampshire countryside has seen seven people arrested after police stormed the unlicensed music event after a tip off from a member of the public.  

The event was being held on on land adjacent to The Avenue, in Longparish on Sunday, March 31 and music could be heard from a significant distance away. 

Police said the event, which involved around 50 people, was 'incredibly disruptive'. 

Officers attended and liaised with the landowner along with South Central Ambulance Service, and assessed the impact on the local community.

They said the event posed a risk to public safety, including to the attendees, and was causing anti-social behaviour. They said that the 'volume of the music' was also a problem. 

Locals said the event began around 8am on Sunday and carried on throughout the day. They said the music could be heard more than five miles away and that it was 'rattling windows' as well as disturbing wildlife. 

Three men aged 29, 31, and 35 were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.

Two other people were arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive through the consumption of drink or drugs.

A further two people were arrested on suspicion of offences relating to the event itself.

In addition five vehicles, a generator, and a considerable amount of sound equipment was seized early on Sunday evening.

Chief Superintendent Darren O’Callaghan said: “Our response today sends a clear message to anyone who tries to organise an event like this or anyone thinking of attending an unlicensed music event in Hampshire or on the Isle of Wight.

"We will use all of the powers available to us to ensure public safety, prevent significant disruption to our communities, and to prevent people from coming to harm at such unlicensed events. The noise today could be heard from a significant distance away and the behaviour of those attending or trying to attend was incredibly disruptive.

“We take these types of incidents seriously. Organisers of these unlicensed and unlawful events often pay no or little regard to the safety and welfare of those attending, including the provision of facilities for basic needs such as security, toilets and water.

“It also can cause serious disruption to local, and often rural communities through noise, litter, and general anti-social behaviour.

“I hope that the action we have taken today reassures the local community and demonstrates that we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour anywhere in Hampshire or on the Island”.

To report any issues, call police on 101 or via hampshire.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/