Police helicopter raids Facebook family BBQ eventPieter posted in "News". 7 years, 8 months ago
Riot police stormed a 30th birthday party for just 15 people and shut it down, thinking it was a rave because it was advertised as “an all-night party” on Facebook. The party was organised by Mr. Poole, a coach driver, using the create an event facility on Facebook, through which he invited 17 family members and friends.
He was just about to light the barbecue and had not even turned on the music when the gazebo suddenly started flapping wildly and the sound of chopper blades filled the air. Eight officers wearing camouflage trousers and body armour jumped out and demanded that the ‘rave’ to be shut down. Mr Poole said:
We were nowhere near anyone. We weren’t even playing any music. What effectively the police did was come in and stop 15 people eating burgers.