Multiple arrests made as police continue to respond to unlicensed event in West Sussex

Officers are continuing to respond to a large unlicensed music event in Steyning.

Sussex Police have told V2 Radio this evening that Public safety, and the safety of their officers and fellow emergency services colleagues, remains their top priority.

A direction to leave has been issued to those at the site. If this is not adhered to, and providing it is safe to do so, officers will move to shut down the event.

At this time, 23 people have been arrested on suspicion of offences including drink and drug-driving, possession of drugs and theft, and have been taken into custody.

Emergency services have also been met with hostility at the site, with one police officer being assaulted. A second officer has also been injured in a collision with a vehicle being driven by someone leaving the event. The driver has been arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit through drink/drugs.

A significant number of people have travelled to the site from areas outside of Sussex, and enquiries are ongoing to identify the organisers responsible for this unauthorised event so enforcement action can be taken against them.

Officers remain at the scene and will continue to robustly deal with people found to be committing crime and behaving in an anti-social manner. Those leaving the event are being proactively stopped to ensure drivers are in a fit state to drive.

There continues to be disruption on the road network in the area owing to a large number of badly parked vehicles, and people are still urged to avoid the area if possible.

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