Party goer from Croydon fined after all night illegal rave in Mitcham Common

Wimbledon Guardian: The aftermath of the rave in Mitcham Common The aftermath of the rave in Mitcham Common

A party goer was fined for being drunk and disorderly at an illegal rave attended by up to 40 people on Sunday night.

Police were called to Mitcham Common after loud noise from speakers powered by generators blasted out music until the early hours of the morning, disturbing neighbours.

A 30-year-old man from Croydon was arrested by police officers at the scene and taken to a south London police station.

He was later given a fixed penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly.

Police took more than four hours to disperse the crowd, some of whom were dancing and causing trouble until the early hours of Monday morning.

There were also reports of a number of minor disturbances in the area with men kicking bins, a bottle being thrown at police and a bus stop being damaged near the party in the Seven Islands Pond area of the common which began on Sunday, April 6.

Mitcham Common Conservators member, Councillor Martin Whelton said the gathering was totally unacceptable.

Coun Whelton said: "It caused a lot of distress to residents and left a lot of rubbish behind.

"What they did was completely and utterly unacceptable."

Power generators were being used to blast out tunes until at least 3.30am when the gathering was dispersed by police.

Rubbish including empty Courvoisier and Champagne bottles were seen to be left behind, as well as an empty marquee and plastic buckets.

Officers were called at 10.45pm on Sunday.

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12:51pm Tue 8 Apr 14

mr-bjp says...

All of those that took part should be rounded up and made to clean up the common from one end to the other after all the mess that they left behind.
All of those that took part should be rounded up and made to clean up the common from one end to the other after all the mess that they left behind. mr-bjp
  • Score: 8

1:01pm Tue 8 Apr 14

alroutemaster says...

mr-bjp is quite right but there is no chance of that happening as our pathetic police force took four hours to stop this lawbreaking and arrested one man who got a small fine. This is what passes for law and order in the UK today.
mr-bjp is quite right but there is no chance of that happening as our pathetic police force took four hours to stop this lawbreaking and arrested one man who got a small fine. This is what passes for law and order in the UK today. alroutemaster
  • Score: 10

3:17pm Tue 8 Apr 14

JimmyC2011 says...

Empty Courvoisier and champagne bottles, and a large marquee? From the sound of it, those involved wouldn't have been too troubled by what was undoubtedly a paltry fine. A custodial sentence and/or public shaming is needed. Why should those that can afford it be able to effectively buy their way out of a proper punishment?
Empty Courvoisier and champagne bottles, and a large marquee? From the sound of it, those involved wouldn't have been too troubled by what was undoubtedly a paltry fine. A custodial sentence and/or public shaming is needed. Why should those that can afford it be able to effectively buy their way out of a proper punishment? JimmyC2011
  • Score: 6

7:11pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Tony L Martin says...

Over 4 hours to disperse less that 40 people? This is what happens when you have a Police Service Policing by consent and not a Police Force policing by force.
Over 4 hours to disperse less that 40 people? This is what happens when you have a Police Service Policing by consent and not a Police Force policing by force. Tony L Martin
  • Score: -1

4:31pm Wed 9 Apr 14

justbeinghonest says...

wish id have known,it sounded like it could of been an OK party.
Isn't the common for the public.
wish id have known,it sounded like it could of been an OK party. Isn't the common for the public. justbeinghonest
  • Score: 5

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