A group of ravers who claim they were attacked at a party by men with dogs say that they are going to claim for damages – even though they admit they were on the land illegally.Well, good luck with that. I suspect you’ll have as much luck as this chap, frankly…
One of them, 22-year-old Steven, said: "Four men with four Alsatian dogs turned up and pushed over our sound system and speakers.
"We told them we would leave immediately but they started dragging people from cars and setting the dogs on people dancing.
"I saw a young girl being dragged across the floor with the dogs attacking her. It was disgusting. What sort of grown man would beat up a 16-year-old girl? "Yes, it is disgusting. What sort of 16 year old girl would think she had the right to do as she pleased on other people’s property?
So, why didn’t they just call the police to remove the ravers? After all, they are quick enough to act in other areas. Though not so much in others, especially when outnumbered...
The group, aged between 15 and 30, say they have been organising the free parties throughout the countryside for several years and during that time have never experienced any trouble.
Steven said: "We expect the police to turn up but they don't set upon people with mindless violence, they make sure the party is under control and tell people to leave the site.
"The problem is there is nothing to do for people our age in Radstock or Midsomer Norton: this gives everyone something positive to do.Yeah, like that’s any excuse! Your parents must be so proud of their offspring’s whinging excuse for trespass, eh?
Oh. Hang on. Clearly, they were the ones who provided you with your massive, unearned sense of entitlement:
Gael, who accompanied her son and his friends to the party to ensure they were safe and had a lift home, said: "My own son was dragged through the window of my car by these men.
"The young people who were at the party were not doing any harm. They were simply dancing in a field with their friends.A field that didn’t belong to them, and where they were not authorised to be…
"The music they were playing wasn't excessively loud; I could still hear my own music I was playing in the car over it.Thus adding to the din?
"They are good kids who want an alternative to standing around on the streets drinking. They organise the parties because there is no other form of entertainment for them locally.So why not approach the landowner and ask permission? Is that not something ‘good kids’ should do?
A spokeswoman for Avon and Somerset Police confirmed that they were investigating a series of complaints following allegations of assault, criminal damage and possession of a dog in a non-public place causing injury.Well, don’t investigate too hard, will you? Just put in the same amount of effort as you put in to all complaints of trespass and squatting, and it’ll be fine.
Or, you could just put MORE effort into resolving those issues, and then maybe people won’t have to take the law into their own hands?
Just a thought…