Angry residents take to Facebook to complain of illegal rave at Gallions Reach

Angry residents were kept awake all night by an illegal rave that was so loud it could be heard in a neighbouring borough.

Although the rave was taking place in Newham, residents over the border in Barking and Dagenham took to their council’s Facebook page to complain.

Donna Wright put up a message close to 5am on Sunday, saying she was still being kept awake, and at 8am she wrote that it was “still booming”.

Other furious residents also took to the page after being kept up by the noise, which Donna thought was coming from River Road, off the East Ham and Barking by-pass.

Carol Howard Wake wrote: “I feel sorry for all the people on Thames View estate and all those on that side.”

Barking and Dagenham Council later responded directly on Facebook, saying that after a “thorough joint investigation” by council officers and the police, the noise was identified as coming from Beckton and referred to Newham Council.

A Newham Council spokesman said: “We have thoroughly investigated this and have been working closely with Transport for London, who own the site where the unlicensed and illegal raves have been taking place, near Gallions Reach station, to increase the level of security to restrict unlawful access.

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“TfL are installing additional security measures, including erecting concrete barriers and heavier duty locks, to fully secure the site. In addition, our licensing team, working with police, are following intelligence leads to identify the event organisers.”