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Revellers hit back at police rave comments

Local police continue their blitz on illegal rave parties throughout the region.
Local police continue their blitz on illegal rave parties throughout the region. NSW Police Media

UPDATE: January 28 6.02pm.
PARTY-GOERS have hit back at local police comments regarding the event, In the Summertime, that was shut down at Dalmorton on the weekend.

Dozens took to social media to voice their anger at the comments made by local police in relation to the event.  

Promoter at the event, Harry Holp, said he respects the police were doing their job as the event didn't have the proper legal approvals in place.  

However, Mr Holp said the approach police take to shutting down these events isn't necessary.   '

"It's the way they go about it which is unacceptable," he said.  

"The police came in very volatile, from the get go they were very aggressive."  

Coffs Clarence Local Area Crime Manager Inspector Detective Darren Jameson had a very different view.
 

Mr Holp, like many others who attended the event, alleged one officer was very aggressive towards revellers.

"From what I saw coming from the police's point of view, I watched an officer pour a beer over one of my best mates and tear down our tent," he said.  

One of the artists who was scheduled to play and didn't want to be named, added the phone that was used to record the officer was allegedly confiscated by police.  

Aside from that incident, the artist said there was no violence displayed by patrons or police.  

"There was no violence at all, there was only one police officer that I got told that was being a bully toward people who were at the party," the artist said.  

"The rest of the police seemed pretty calm and nice. Just doing their job."  

The artist disputed comments made by police that rave events, like In the Summertime, encourage ice use.  

"Ice usage is shunned upon, if anyone is caught using it or selling or anything they get permanently banned from the party and aren't allowed back," the artist said.  


JANUARY 27: 5PM


POLICE have refuted claims on social media of heavy-handed tactics used by officers to shut down a rave party near Dalmorton at the weekend.

On Saturday around 2.30pm, police were called to a Crown Lands property on Old Grafton Rd where an illegal rave of up to 100 people was taking place.

Coffs-Clarence Crime Manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said officers were confronted by a number of 'excessively violent' patrons.

"The whip up on social media does not reflect the events that occurred on the afternoon," Inspt. Jameson said.
 

 

"I'm satisfied that police acted appropriately, all and all this was illegal rave party without authorisation the people who hosted and attended the event did break the law.

"It's easy then to cast dispersions on the police and try to mitigate their own criminality in this matter."

Intercepting the rave was part of the broader Operation Bia, which aims to target illicit rave parties across the region.

Inspt. Jameson condemned illegal raves for encouraging ice use and highlighted local police statistics reveal one in ten ice users will consume the drug at rave events.

"This is another example of these parties being drug-fueled events, you mix drugs and alcohol its a volatile combination."

Police investigations are on-going to action against the organisers.

Topics:  coffs clarence command illegal rave police police brutality social media



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