A 45 year old man has died in a large illegal Halloween “rave” held at the weekend in a vacant warehouse on the outskirts of Sully
A PDN eyewitness said the organisation of the rave itself had been slick and highly professional but the ravers themselves – who were still on the scene in large numbers yesterday morning – had been “as good as gold”.
A huge crowd in hundreds of vehicles arrived almost out of the blue at Hayes Road – just west of the village of Sully – after 23:00 on Saturday night.
The gates of the disused factory complex had been opened after the padlock was removed and a high-power professional sound system installed – the music from which could be heard throughout area until 07:30 yesterday morning.
Police had been called to the scene but were so outnumbered they were powerless to disperse the huge crowd. Superintendent Martin Jones said today that South Wales Police officers “monitored” the situation throughout the early hours of Sunday with fire and ambulance services.
It’s now been confirmed that a 45-year-old man died at the rave The cause of death is not yet known but police say the death is “not suspicious”. An NHS ambulance was called to the scene but attempts to revive the man proved fruitless.
South Wales Police said the 45-year-old had – like most of the revellers – travelled from England to attend the rave. Two people were arrested on Sunday morning on suspicion of drugs offences.
Vale of Glamorgan Council employees were called in this morning to begin a clean up of the roadside but broken glass from smashed bottles is still all over the factory area and parking ground.
There has been a huge crackdown on illegal raves in England – particularly in the London areas which has led to the organisers going to considerable lengths to find vacant premises in remote areas where they won’t be discovered . All the participants had been notified by messages on their mobile phones where and when the Sully rave was to be held.
Superintendent Jones says “Illegal raves are a problem nationally, and those involved in organising them go to great lengths to prevent the authorities from finding out about them.” South Wales is now going to work with “partner organisations” to try to prevent this happening in future.