Wild ravers pelt police with bottles
POLICE were pelted with bottles as they attempted to shut down a rave party at the Corindi quarry.
This latest party on Farm Trail Rd, which started on Friday and ran through to Saturday morning, involved a crowd of about 300 people.
Police said officers were unable to disperse the party-goers after the stand-off erupted.
Moments later, police reportedly sheltered behind vehicles as bottles were thrown at them.
Attempts were then made to stop people accessing the property.
"This rave party became extremely violent to police after they ascertained and found out that it was drug and alcohol-fuelled," Coffs Clarence Crime Manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said.
This rave party became extremely violent to police after they ascertained and found out that it was drug and alcohol-fuelled.
"The party could not be shut down due to the violent nature at that stage.
"Police set up a number of strategies to deter persons going into the premises and then slowly worked to close down the venue overnight."
Investigations now are trying to establish who organised the unsanctioned rave and which individuals were involved in the drunken mischief.
This latest incident comes after police shut down the Rabbits Eat Lettuce Festival launch party at Ebor last month.
Coffs Clarence police say they have strategies in place to monitor and stop these 'pop-up' raves, which are advertised on social media with directions to the venue at the last minute.
Party-goers are then charged an entry fee at the location to pay for the musical acts.
"Police will not be the punching bags of those who go to these alleged rave parties under the auspices of peace and love and then show extremely violent tendencies," Insp Jameson said.