£100,000 of damage caused to farm

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A farmer has spoken of his anger and disgust after a rave caused £100,000 worth of damage to his barn and field.

William Parrish, who runs the farm between Upper Stondon and Meppershall spent two days clearing up the mess after the aborted rave in the early hours of Sunday morning (March 2).

Police raided the barn off Stondon Road at around 2.30am where up to 1,000 revellers had gathered.

They made six arrests for offences including intent to supply Class A drugs and criminal damage.

The site wasn’t fully cleared until 4pm on Sunday, and even then William was being disturbed by ravers.

He said: “Around £80,000 worth of grain has been contaminated and they drove all over the field and broke into the barn, so there has been further damage there.”

“Even the next afternoon there was an idiot hanging around near my house at the farm who was obviously high on some kind of drug.”

He added: “It has taken hours and hours to clear it all up – there were nitrous oxide bottles everywhere and balloons which they had obviously been filling with the gas.

“There were also broken bottles everywhere, cigarette ends and even a packet of cannabis which we have obviously handed to police.”

William, whose family have run the farm since 1932 was woken in the early hours at his home.

He said: “You could hear the noise from some way away.”