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Concerns after illegal rave at Holbeach area beauty spot which lated until 2pm on Sunday




An illegal rave took place at a quiet South Holland beauty spot this weekend.

Police monitored the event and say that hundreds of people attended the rave at Shep Whites near Holbeach St Matthew.

Paul Benton, who was forced to abandon his visit to the area due to the volume of people, says he is concerned by the lack of social distancing and the impact the rave will have had on wildlife.

Shep Whites is frequented by ramblers and dog walkers. (37933514)
Shep Whites is frequented by ramblers and dog walkers. (37933514)

He said: “I had decided to take a drive out there to look to see if any early samphire was ready and to bird watch.

“Unfortunately, as I drove closer it became obvious this was not going to be possible as there were cars parked all over on the approach road.

“It’s a single-track road, so this in itself was dangerous and I’m sure the verges were damaged by the inconsiderate parking – there were also people in the road with bottles of alcohol who definitely were not social distancing.

The area is a popular spot for wildlife. (37933525)
The area is a popular spot for wildlife. (37933525)

“I also heard one car of people discussing the drugs they had taken that night.

“I doubt people in cars were from the same household – and I wonder how far people had travelled too.”

Paul, who grew up in Holbeach and has been visiting Shep Whites for 40 years, says that he doesn’t have a problem with people having fun, but that the area could have been damaged by the event.

Rubbish left at the beauty spot following Saturday's illegal rave. (37933501)
Rubbish left at the beauty spot following Saturday's illegal rave. (37933501)

He said: “My main concerns are that people should be able to get access to a site which is public land – when I was there I had to stop for a group of people in the road and wait for them to move. They banged on the car as I drove through which was slightly unnerving.

“The area is visited by people with their dogs and ramblers, some of them are elderly too.

“I’m also concerned about the disturbance to the wildlife – a few hundred people would’ve had an impact. There’s livestock there and seals come in at high tide.”

The rubbish, which was mostly alcohol cans and bottles, has mostly been cleared up, just a few face masks and cans on the floor, plus scorched areas from barbecues.
The rubbish, which was mostly alcohol cans and bottles, has mostly been cleared up, just a few face masks and cans on the floor, plus scorched areas from barbecues.

Police say that the rave, which started on Saturday night, is thought to have gone on for several house into Sunday.

Inspector Nick Waters said: “We were made aware of an unlicensed music event in the Shep Whites area at approximately 11pm on Saturday night. Officers attended and engaged with some of those involved which numbered in the hundreds.

“Police monitored the event through the night and it had concluded by 2pm on Sunday.”



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