Criticism of force's response

PUBLISHED: 07:28 07 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:49 31 May 2010

PARTY-GOERS who attended the illegal rave in Great Chesterford have expressed outrage at the way they say they were treated by police. Following the story in last week s Reporter, several people who were at the rave have written in with their accounts of

PARTY-GOERS who attended the illegal rave in Great Chesterford have expressed outrage at the way they say they were treated by police.

Following the story in last week's Reporter, several people who were at the rave have written in with their accounts of what happened.

Sam Tuxworth, 22, of Wimbish Green, said that he had been to many similar parties across the country, but had never witnessed a scene like the events of August 26.

"I have been to lots of parties all across the UK and I have never seen the police react so outrageously," he said. "The only reason the police had for their actions was that people were trespassing.

"There was basically no need for police to go in that heavy-handedly to control a large group of hippies."

Mr Tuxworth also believes that the operation was a waste of police resources. He said: "If the police had handled this party the right way then they wouldn't have needed to waste so much of tax-payers' money or police time, so they could've solved some real crime instead.

"We would've cleared up our mess and have gone by Monday afternoon."

Eighteen-year-old Saffron Walden resident Duncan Treadgold was similarly appalled with the police response to the rave.

He said: "It was an absolute disaster. I saw a girl who cannot have been older than 17 beaten in the legs with a baton.

"One of my friends then went to try and pick her up off the floor and he too was beaten and had to be carried back to his car.

"What kind of justice is that when you cannot even help a girl to her feet?"

Chairman of the Essex Police Federation, Sue Kelly, denied that the force used by police was disproportionate. She said: "Any complaints received by members of the public will be dealt with in the normal way. There is an ongoing investigation into the incident which is likely to take several months.

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