Police shut down illegal rave at demolition site

Picture by Eddie Mitchell
Picture by Eddie Mitchell
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POLICE put a stop to an illegal rave on Sunday which was held at a building in the middle of being demolished.

Around 100 ravers occupied the old Parcel Force building on Brighton Road on Saturday night through to Sunday morning.

Police received several calls from residents about loud music in the early hours.

Officers attended and, following their advice, the organiser closed the music down by 4.40am and the group dispersed shortly afterwards.

There were no injuries and no arrests.

The building is being demolished to make way for 132 flats, a food shop, commercial space and 150 parking spaces.

The development is going ahead despite opposition from the Shoreham Society, Shoreham Slipways Group and Adur Council’s opposition leader Liza McKinney.

Planning permission for the site was approved in June, 2013, subject to more than 30 conditions, including flood-defence work and work to improve the Surry Hard junction.

A council report said the development would be ‘architecturally striking’ and would help meet the district’s housing needs without impacting the nearby conservation area.