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Night owls ignore the rules of social distancing during an illegal rave on Kent Beach


Hundreds of partygoers hit a beach in Romney Marsh, Kent yesterday afternoon after arriving on three buses to take part in an illegal rave in open violation of social distancing rules.

The Greatstone Beach event began around 3:30 pm after police thwarted plans for an unofficial “beach cookout” on Sunday evening in nearby Camber Sands, East Sussex.

Families who wanted to spend a day at the beach had to leave as the number of night owls had not taken any measures to protect themselves or those around them.

When the last of the partygoers finally left around 10 p.m., they left rubbish – including plastic bags, soda cans, and fast food bins – scattered across much of the beach.

Organizers working with Jerk Chicken Restaurant Flavor Boss from Croydon, South London, had arranged transport to the Camber Sands Rave for £ 27.54 per ticket by Friday.

However, the party was further rearranged along the coast after details of the original secret location leaked on social media.

Event management associated with Flavor Boss hired three buses from London, each with around 40 employees on board, to bring night owls to the Kent coast, all of which were sold out, according to Kent Online.

Two of the coaches are said to have traveled from Watford, Hertfordshire – and one resident claimed a London council bus was also used as a means of transport.

Hundreds of partygoers came to a beach in Romney Marsh, Kent last night to take part in an illegal rave in open violation of social distancing rules

The Greatstone Beach event (above) began around 3:30 pm after police thwarted plans for an unofficial "beach cookout" Sunday night in nearby Camber Sands, East Sussex

The Greatstone Beach event (above) began around 3:30 pm after police thwarted plans for an unofficial "beach cookout" Sunday night in nearby Camber Sands, East Sussex

A witness said large crowds stayed on the beach after 10pm, adding, "Just come through Greatstone, incredible scenes, chaos on the street, police everywhere ... was good-natured, it was not a place for families."

A witness said large crowds stayed on the beach after 10pm, adding, "Just come through Greatstone, incredible scenes, chaos on the street, police everywhere … was good-natured, it was not a place for families."

Families who wanted to spend a day at the beach had to leave as the number of night owls had not taken any measures to protect themselves or those around them

Revelers pack on Romney Marsh Beach

The organizers, in collaboration with South London-based Jerk Chicken Restaurant Flavor Boss, arranged transportation to the Camber Sands Rave for £ 27.54 per ticket until Friday. However, the party was further rearranged along the coast after details of the original secret location leaked on social media

Flavor Boss' Snapchat story reveals what is believed to be one of the buses that take people to Greatstone Beach

Flavor Boss' Snapchat story reveals what is believed to be one of the buses that take people to Greatstone Beach

The scene at Greatstone Beach yesterday. Families who wanted to spend a day at the beach had to leave as the number of night owls had not taken any measures to protect themselves or those around them

The scene at Greatstone Beach yesterday. Families who wanted to spend a day at the beach had to leave as the number of night owls had not taken any measures to protect themselves or those around them

Garbage littered Greatstone Beach after the revelers finally left. Although the party was supposed to end at 8:30 p.m., some partygoers didn't leave until 10 p.m.

Garbage littered Greatstone Beach after the revelers finally left. Although the party was supposed to end at 8:30 p.m., some partygoers didn't leave until 10 p.m.

Pictures taken in one of the trainers show partiers not wearing masks.

The event at Camber Sands was described as "private", according to Kent Live, with no alcohol or groceries sold, and the first publication of "Bus Tickets" sold out.

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

One beach-goer said, "It was enough to get me and my family and other families off the beach with no social distance."

Meanwhile, a Kent resident told Online that he saw minibuses parked, suggesting party-goers were using extra transportation to attend.

And one witness said huge crowds remained on the beach after 10pm, adding, "Just come across Greatstone, incredible scenes, chaos on the street, police everywhere … was good-natured, it wasn't a family place."

Wayne Williams, who works at the Flavor Boss Jerk Chicken Shop in Croydon, told MailOnline, “The police have asked us to pack up and end the event by 8:30 pm. But because it would take about an hour for people to disperse, I suggested 7:30 p.m. to give people a chance to leave. & # 39;

Police are patrolling the Romney Marsh area after a crowd of revelers came to an illegal rave on a beach Sunday night

Police are patrolling the Romney Marsh area after a crowd of revelers came to an illegal rave on a beach Sunday night

Flavor Boss hired three buses from London to bring night owls to the Kent coast, all of which were sold out

Two of the coaches are said to have traveled from Watford, Hertfordshire

Flavor Boss hired three buses from London to bring night owls to the Kent coast, all of which were sold out. Two of the coaches are said to have traveled from Watford, Hertfordshire – and one resident claimed a London council bus was also used as a means of transport

A police spokesman said last night, "Kent Police are reminding attendees of the latest government advice regarding social distancing and encouraging them to abide by it."

A police spokesman said last night, "Kent Police are reminding attendees of the latest government advice regarding social distancing and encouraging them to abide by it."

A Kent Police spokesman said yesterday evening: “Kent Police are aware that a large group of people visited Greatstone Beach at around 3:30 pm on Sunday 9th August.

Officials will work with those in attendance, reminding them of the latest government advice regarding social distancing. At the same time, they encourage them to take personal responsibility for compliance with these regulations.

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

A post on the Folkestone and Hythe District Council Facebook page said the police were on patrol in the area until tonight.

It said, “We are aware of the large, unauthorized gathering on Greatstone Beach. This leads to delays in the region. Please keep this in mind when you have travel plans.

Kent Police are reminding attendees of the latest government advice regarding social distancing and encouraging them to abide by it.

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

MailOnline has asked Kent Police for a comment.

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