Footage from a police helicopter shows 300 people at an illegal rave in Wigan – with some idiots trying to flee the police by running onto train tracks.
In the aerial clip, a furious train driver appears to gesture angrily through the cab window at the people who strayed onto the active railway line.
The footage, taken on-board a National Police Air Service (NPAS) aircraft during the multi-agency response to the incident, shows hundreds of rule-breakers near the border of Glazebury, on Saturday, October 31, Manchester Evening News reports.
Despite police advice, many people made off from the event via the railway line with officers working alongside Network Rail and British Transport Police (BTP) to reduce the risk of a serious injury.
Police were notified of an unlicensed music event taking place at 8.45pm on Halloween by the owner of the farm who had returned to the 320-acre site to find a large number of people gathered there with loud music playing.
A large coordinated response took place, led by GMP – supported by the Force’s dedicated operation for large-scale coronavirus breaches – with assistance from Cheshire Police, BTP, NPAS and Network Rail.
The authorities blocked access to several routes to the site and a section 35 dispersal order was imposed on either side of the county-border by both GMP and Cheshire Police.
At the illegal rave itself, 300 people were sent away.
Seven police vehicles were damaged when the gathering was interrupted and a machete was found and seized at the site.
Police officers said they are keen to reiterate their message to the public of the dangers that such unlicensed events pose to the health and safety of those in attendance and the wider community.
An investigation is currently ongoing into the organiser behind the event and 25 people have been identified for possible further action.
Detectives are appealing to the public with any information to get in touch.
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