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Illegal rave on Kent beach sees revellers ignore social distancing rules

Hundreds of partygoers descended on a beach in Romney Marsh, Kent, last night, to attend an illegal rave while openly breaking social distancing rules.

The event, on Greatstone beach, started at around 3.30pm, and came after plans for an unofficial ‘beach cookout’ on Sunday night in nearby Camber Sands, East Sussex, were foiled by police.

Families enjoying a day out on the beach were forced to leave due to the sheer volume of revellers failing to take any measures to protect themselves or those around them. 

Organisers Croydon jerk eatery Flavour Boss, who were selling tickets for the Camber Sands rave for £27.54, up until Friday, re-arranged the party further along the coastline after details about the original secret location were leaked on social media.  

Flavour Boss hired three coaches from London to take revellers to the Kent coast which were all sold out, according to Kent Online. 

Two of coaches are understood to have travelled from Watford, in Hertfordshire – and one resident claimed that a bus owned by a London borough council had also been used as transportation.

Hundreds of partygoers descended on a beach Romney Marsh, in Kent, last night, to attend an illegal rave while openly breaking social distancing rules

The event, on Greatstone beach (above), started at around 3.30pm, and came after plans for an unofficial 'beach cookout' on Sunday evening in nearby Camber Sands, East Sussex, were foiled by police

The event, on Greatstone beach (above), started at around 3.30pm, and came after plans for an unofficial ‘beach cookout’ on Sunday evening in nearby Camber Sands, East Sussex, were foiled by police

Families enjoying a day out on the beach were forced to leave due to the sheer volume of revellers failing to take any measures to protect themselves or those around them

Revellers pack onto the beach at Romney Marsh

Organisers Croydon jerk eatery Flavour Boss, who were selling tickets for the Camber Sands rave for £27.54, up until Friday, re-arranged the party further along the coastline after details about the original secret location were leaked on social media

The scene on Greatstone beach yesterday. Families enjoying a day out on the beach were forced to leave due to the sheer volume of revellers failing to take any measures to protect themselves or those around them

The scene on Greatstone beach yesterday. Families enjoying a day out on the beach were forced to leave due to the sheer volume of revellers failing to take any measures to protect themselves or those around them

Police patrol the Romney Marsh area after coachloads of revellers descended on a beach for an illegal rave on Sunday night

Police patrol the Romney Marsh area after coachloads of revellers descended on a beach for an illegal rave on Sunday night

Images taken inside one of the coaches show partygoers not wearing any masks. 

The Camber Sands event was described as ‘private’ with no alcohol or food being sold, and the first release of ‘coach tickets’ sold out, according to Kent Live.  

Rother Police confirmed that permission to hold the East Sussex rave had not been granted. 

One beach-goer said: ‘It was enough to force me and family, as well as other families off the beach, no social distancing.’

Meanwhile, a resident told Kent Online they saw minibuses parked up, suggesting that party-goers used additional transport to attend.

And one witness said huge crowds remained on the beach past 10pm, adding: ‘Just come thru Greatstone, unbelievable scenes, chaos on the road, police everywhere… was good natured, it wasn’t a place for families.’ 

Flavour Boss hired three coaches from London to take revellers to the Kent coast which were all sold out

Two of coaches are understood to have travelled from Watford, in Hertfordshire

Flavour Boss hired three coaches from London to take revellers to the Kent coast which were all sold out. Two of coaches are understood to have travelled from Watford, in Hertfordshire – and one resident claimed that a bus owned by a London borough council had also been used as transportation

A spokesperson for the police said last night: 'Kent Police is reminding those attending of the latest government advice around social distancing and encouraging them to adhere to it'

A spokesperson for the police said last night: ‘Kent Police is reminding those attending of the latest government advice around social distancing and encouraging them to adhere to it’

A spokesman for Kent Police said last night: ‘Kent Police is aware that a large group of people attended the Greatstone beach area at around 3.30pm on Sunday, August 9.

‘Officers are engaging with those in attendance and reminding them of the latest government advice around social distancing while also encouraging them to take personal responsibility for adhering to it.

‘Officers will remain in the area as part of their patrols.’

A post on Folkestone and Hythe District Council’s Facebook page said police remain in the area on patrol through this evening.

It said: ‘We are aware of the large unauthorised gathering taking place at Greatstone beach. It is causing delays in the area so please bear this in mind if you have travel plans.

‘Kent Police is reminding those attending of the latest government advice around social distancing and encouraging them to adhere to it.

‘Officers will remain in the area as part of their patrols.’

MailOnline has contacted Kent Police for comment. 

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