Raver travelled 100 miles and spat at police

Three more people have been imprisoned after an illegal rave in Yate.

Around 500 to 700 people gathered for a party lasting almost 24 hours last Halloween (October 31), at a disused warehouse in Beeches Industrial Estate.

Bristol Live reported yesterday that Nicholas Swanson, Salisbury Street in St George, had been jailed for six weeks after admitting a public order offence and refusing to leave the rave. The 24-year-old threw bottles at officers during the event.

Now we can reveal three more people have been jailed in connection to the party – Alex Rodgers, Amy Capel and Isobella Snell, all of whom were sentenced at Bristol Magistrates’ Court this month.

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Rodgers travelled more than 100 miles to the event from his home in Westward Ho!, Devon. He admits assaulting and obstructing four officers – PCs Cole, Denford, Gay and Hedges.

The 22-year-old, of Homestone Street, was jailed for 38 weeks on April 6. Court documents show he breached Covid rules, was drunken and violent towards officers, and spat and swore at them.

PC Gay had Rodgers’ blood on his visor and tabard, as a result of the defendant’s spitting, the court heard. Rodgers must pay £150 in compensation to PC Gay.

Capel, of Coppermill Lane in Walthamstow, London, admits assaulting police officer Edward Harris and failing to leave the rave when directed by police.

The 24-year-old was jailed for six weeks on April 6, after kicking an officer in a “sustained incident”. She must pay £128 to officer Harris.

Isobella Snell, 27, of Salisbury Street in St George, was imprisoned for four weeks on April 13, after admitting a public order offence and refusing to leave the rave.

Court records show she showed a “disregard” for Covid rules, threw missiles at police and caused a risk to the health of the public.

Alexander Crossley - custody picture
Alexander Crossley

Another defendant, Alexander Crossley, avoided jail when he appeared at the court on April 13. He admitted refusing to leave the rave and committing a public order offence.

The 24-year-old, of Oakfield Road in Clifton, must pay a £233 fine, £85 in prosecution costs and a £34 victim services surcharge.

During a previous hearing connected to the rave, prosecutor May Li said the event had started at around 10pm on Halloween, with police arriving at 2pm on November 1.

She told the magistrates’ court there were 30 to 50 revellers remaining at this point, some refusing to leave when told to do so.

Bristol Live previously reported on the cases of George Parsons, George Packham, Ashley Waker, Oliver Eavis and Josh Samson, who all admitted offences connected to the rave.

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