Police say they did not have the manpower to stop an illegal rave near Bath which attracted more than 3,000 partygoers through the night.
The event took place last weekend (18th July) at RAF Charmy Down, an airfield 3 miles from the city of Bath in England, and despite police arriving on the site within minutes of receiving reports, stages and equipment had been erected and thousands had already gathered at the event.
People living as far away as Bristol complained they had been kept awake.
Avon and Somerset Police said despite officers arriving at the scene within minutes of being alerted there were already “many people at the site”.
Ch Supt Ian Wylie said the force was aware a major gathering was likely this weekend, but it was unable to pinpoint where it might take place.
Once officers were called to the former RAF station, he said, it was too late.