Six people have been arrested and music equipment seized after an ‘illegal rave’ reportedly held at an abandoned mine.

The rave is reportedly being held in the Stillingfleet area near to York and multiple officers and drone pilots were sent to the scene.

Police said loud music, drug abuse and disorder had been reported in the area overnight.

According to reports cars had also been seen driving erratically at speed in the area.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: “This afternoon, people suspected of being involved in the organisation of the event were arrested and taken into custody.

“At this time, six people have been arrested.

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“Officers have also seized several vans full of music equipment and removed them to a secure location. Police enquiries are ongoing.”

They added: “The impact on the local community and the risk to those present due to the derelict nature of the site were clearly unacceptable.

“While this was a challenging incident to deal with – not least because of the sheer volume of people in attendance – we’re extremely grateful to local residents for their patience.
“The local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be visible in the area in the coming days, to provide reassurance to the local community and ensure there is no further disruption.”