There is some baaaaa-d juju floating around East Sussex after an illegal farm rave turned ugly when a local farmer accused revelers of decapitating one of his lambs.
According to a slew of UK magazines and newspapaers, Police first became aware of a rave in the wee hours of Sunday morning--Easter. The sleepy, green, rolling hills of southeast England were jolted by the sound of over 200 people (and over 40 vehicles) blasting dance music late into the morning hours.
Scenes from the illegal farm rave in East Sussex on Easter morning.
The police arrived to the South Downs National Park, closed off access points to the party, and began to funnel people out slowly over the course of the next few hours. Nine people were eventually arrested for causing a public nuisance. Two further arrests for drug driving and assault were also logged. Although unfortunate, such offenses are common in such situations.
The morning, however, brought some grisly accusations. A local farmer, named Martin Carr, informed police that he had found one of his lambs dead, decapitated, and accused the ravers of committing the horrible crime.
UK Farmer Martin Carr has accused illegal ravers of killing his lamb in a "satanic ritual"
Carr told The Argus: "I have 1,300 lambing sheep at the moment. Now one is wandering around crying for her lamb. Who beheads a lamb?"
UK tabloids The Mirror and The Daily Mail took the shock factor one step further, accusing the partiers of performing "black magic" and "satanic rituals" in which the lamb was killed.
Partiers who were queried are said to have vehemently denied the allegations, claiming that the party was "just not like that" and noting their detest for animal cruelty. Local police have said there is no evidence that the incident had anything to do with the party, but it does stand to reason that if this party "was not like that," there are some that are? We have never been invited to a satanic rave, but it does sound like they might have good techno.
Unfortunately, that's not enough for Martin Carr, who is standing strong on his allegation. "I won't be able to use the field for grazing or hay because it's been contaminated," he said. "It's not about the money, although that is a factor, it is about knowing what's right and wrong."
Carr also complained of finding drug paraphernalia, cans of beer, and human excrement on his land.