Ravers descended on a field near MoD land in Dorset (Picture: BNPS)
A huge illegal rave with more than 1,000 party-goers was broken up by police after 21 hours.
People descended on the field close to the Lulworth ranges in Dorset just after midnight on Sunday.
It is where the army regularly trains, prompting a warning they were putting themselves in danger of their live firing practice.
Disgruntled locals complained about hearing music 10 miles away and described the sound like ‘rolling tanks and gunfire’ keeping them up through the night.
But many sent supportive comments to the ravers on Dorset Police’s Facebook page.
Most of them told the force not to ruin the party and compared it to lockdown rule-breaking by Boris Johnson and co in Downing Street.
‘Well, from what I’ve heard they were only there for less than 10 minutes, and it’s a business meeting,’ one person wrote.
‘Boris can do what he wants, so they can too. Why not try and find some real criminal behaviour?’
The huge Easter rave lasted all Sunday (Picture: BNPS)
Another said: ‘They’re just having a bit of cake for 10 minutes to polish off the cheese and wine!
‘When the people that govern our country don’t even follow the rules how can you expect a few peaceful, happy, music loving ravers to do so.’
Police shut down the surrounding roads and ordered them to leave using powers under the Public Order Act.
But by 1pm the party was still in full swing.
Ravers posted pictures to social media during the all-night and day party in Dorset
A blockade to deter the revellers in the quiet village of West Holme ended up causing traffic chaos on the narrow lanes as tourists flocked to the coast.
The partygoers, however, simply dumped their cars and walked straight past.
Nearly 24 hours after they were first ordered to go, the last of the revellers and vehicles had left by 9pm last night.
Deputy Chief Constable Sam de Reya said: ‘Due to the large scale of the event and the inherent impact of dispersing such a high number of people, this process took some time.‘
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