Police apologise to woman who was bitten while attending illegal rave in Yate

November 25 2021
Police apologise to woman who was bitten while attending illegal rave in Yate

AVON and Somerset police have confirmed that they have apologised to a woman who was bitten by a police dog while she was at an illegal rave in Yate.

Jess Andrew was one of up to 700 people who attended the event at an empty warehouse in Millbrook Road on October 31 last year, which breached coronavirus restrictions in place at the time.

Police were attacked as they stopped hundreds more people from getting in to the warehouse (above), which was trashed.

Ms Andrew complained that she was bitten as police tried to clear the venue.

The force's professional standards department investigated the incident and analysed body-worn footage, photographic evidence from witnesses and accounts from officers on duty, with an independent review carried out by a police dog instructor.

It concluded that there was "no indication the dog-handler had behaved in a manner requiring disciplinary action or individual training".

However solicitors acting for Ms Andrew are understood to have referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

A police spokesperson said: "Any injury sustained during police contact is regrettable.

"Therefore, an apology was also made to the complainant for the injury they sustained.

"Any complainant who is unhappy with the outcome of their complaint is entitled to request a review by the IOPC.”

Ms Andrew, who has so far refused to accept the apology, is being represented by Iain Gould, a solicitor who specialises in claims against the police.

The Voice has contacted Mr Gould for a comment.

Five people were jailed for crimes committed when police were called to the event.

Seven more people brought to court between February and April were fined and ordered to pay compensation and costs, while a further 15 people were given fixed penalty fines for breaching covid restrictions, including two men fined £10,000 for their role in organising the rave.