Hundreds descend on Kent beach for illegal 'cook out' rave after organisers in London hire three sold-out coaches

HUNDREDS of people have swarmed a beach after travelling from London to Kent for an illegal "cook out" rave.

Greatstone beach near New Romney, Kent, was packed with revellers from about 3.30 yesterday afternoon after they travelled to party at the event organised by a restaurant in Croydon, South London.


Partygoers paid £27.54 per ticket to attend the "beach cookout" which was advertised as being held at a "secret beach location from 12pm till late".

Furious locals said violence broke out, while others complained the massive group weren’t distancing and made it impossible for others to enjoy the beach.

Tickets for the event were sold online with attendees given a “secret location” in the capital to meet before being driven to the beach in coaches.

Video showed police trying to break up a crowd that had formed up outside a local chip shop before clashing.

Local Jackie Ohara said: "Fighting kicked off badly outside mine. It was absolutely terrifying. Police made some arrests, it then escalated."

Word of the gathering spread after the coaches arrived, with police quickly arriving at the scene.

Residents said they saw minibuses and cars illegally parked near the beach as the crowd continued to grow.

PACKED COACHES

The beach in Kent was chosen as the location for the party after another event in nearby Camber Sands, East Sussex was stopped by cops.

Three packed coaches, each with about 40 people on board, travelled from London to Greatstone beach yesterday, Kent Online reported.

Revellers were seen close together at the party and most were not wearing masks.

The event was intended to be "private" but details about the rave were leaked on social media.

A witness said they saw crowds on the beach past 10pm.

"Just come through Greatstone, unbelievable scenes, chaos on the road, police everywhere… was good natured, it wasn't a place for families," they said.

A staff member at the restaurant said cops told them to leave the beach by 8.30pm.

A spokesman for Kent Police said last night that officers were at the party and reminding those in attendance to socially distance.


"Officers will remain in the area as part of their patrols," the spokesman said.

Mounds of rubbish were left all over the beach in the aftermath of the party.

Residents said they found human waste in bags and bottles of urine left on streets near the beach.

Nappies, broken glass and shoes were also left strewn in the area.

One local said he woke up this morning to find used toilet paper in his front garden.

"I'm so angry, there must be something as residents we can do," he said.

Another resident said grass verges near the shore looked like a "rubbish tip".

"I am absolutely disgusted with these scumbags. No respect for anything that is not theirs," she said.

Folkestone & Hythe District Council said yesterday afternoon that they were aware of the gathering and cops would patrol the area.

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