DETECTIVES investigating a rave that spilled over into violence when police tried to shut it down have released images of 38 people they want to interview.

The warehouse party in Yate, South Gloucestershire, overnight on Saturday, October 31, was so big officers from Wiltshire Police and other forces were called in to help shut it down

Hundreds of people were estimated to have attended the rave, which was held five days before the start of the second lockdown. 

Det Supt Lisa Simpson of Avon and Somerset Police said: “This event came while gatherings of more than 30 people were illegal and as the country was digesting news of national restrictions soon to be introduced. Understandably the selfish actions of those who thought such an event was a good idea has left the majority of law-abiding people outraged.

“Officers found themselves dealing with an intolerable hostile situation and deserve credit for the courageous and professional manner in which they handled it.

“The aggressive and dangerous antics of those attacking police is inexcusable and unacceptable.”

In total, 12 people have been arrested and two organisers have received £10,000 fixed penalty notices.

Police have released images of a further 38 people they want to speak to in connection with the rave and the ensuing disorder. 

Det Supt Simpson said: “We’ve made efforts within Avon and Somerset and other forces to try to establish who these people are in the hope we wouldn’t need to release these images into the public domain. However, despite this we still don’t know who a number of people we want to talk to are, which is why we’re now releasing images of them in the hope the public can help.”

Swindon Advertiser:

16 of the people police want to speak to Picture: AVON AND SOMERSET POLICE

Swindon Advertiser:

A further six people wanted in connection with the rave Picture: AVON AND SOMERSET POLICE