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Two teenagers stabbed as illegal rave with 600 revellers erupts into violence

Two teenagers were stabbed at an illegal rave attended by around 600 people on Saturday night.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward to help with their crime investigation after the two youths were found injured and bleeding when cops attended the scene in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, to shut the huge party down.

The teenagers have not been named and their exact ages have not been revealed – however one received stab wounds to the head and the other had stab wounds to the hand.

Both youths were rushed to a nearby hospital by emergency services for treatment while the wounds are said not to be life-threatening in nature.

Hertfordshire Constabulary have asked witnesses to come forward, issuing an official “appeal for information following assaults at illegal rave”.

Police said in a statement: “We are appealing for witnesses and information following assaults at an unlicensed music event in Borehamwood last night (Saturday August 15).

“Shortly before midnight, we were made aware of a large number of people travelling to the town. Officers deployed to the area and established that the people were attending a site near York Way.

“As numbers increased beyond 200, further police resources were mobilised and the event was closed down.

"While in attendance, officers became aware that two people had suffered injuries resulting from a violent incident.”

Describing the injuries, they continued: “One teenage male suffered injury to his head and another to his hand. It was believed the injuries were caused by a knife – however neither were thought to be life-threatening. Both teenagers were taken to hospital for further treatment.”

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Chief Inspector Frankie Westoby said: “This was a large event with up to 600 people – many from outside Herts – travelling to the area to take part. We showed that, with support of partners, we were able to mobilise resources quickly to stop most of them accessing the site and to close the event down.

“Sadly on this occasion a violent incident occurred resulting in two teenagers suffering injuries. We would appeal to anyone who witnessed this or who has any information about it at all, to contact us as soon as possible.

“There was also information that other people may have also been injured but who left the scene without presenting themselves to the emergency services. If anyone else was hurt, we would urge them to come forward and speak to us as soon as possible.”

Westoby added: “I would like to take this opportunity to remind people that unlicensed music events are illegal and by their very nature there are numerous risks involved in attending.

“As well as the continuing threat of Covid-19, they are often held at sites that are unsuitable for large gatherings and organisers often fail to take appropriate steps to ensure people’s safety. Our advice is to stay away.”

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