Hundreds removed from ‘illegal rave’ at new Kuoni HQ

Hundreds removed from ‘illegal rave’ at new Kuoni HQ

Hundreds of party goers were removed from an “illegal rave” in Kuoni’s new headquarters in Dorking.

Surrey Police were called to the One Dorking Office Park, close to Dorking West station, on Saturday night.

Around 500 revellers were removed by 2am, officers said. Sound equipment was seized and a police helicopter deployed but no arrests were made.

The building is Kuoni’s new headquarters, and the firm is due to move in next June.

Kuoni’s chief executive Derek Jones took to Twitter in a light-hearted manner to say: “Lovely to see hundreds of local teenagers organising a party to welcome Kuoni to our new HQ in Dorking.”

He added “Staff will be upset this wasn’t our party.”

Speaking to Travel Weekly, he said: “The office was essentially empty as we don’t take possession until early next year, so there wasn’t much to damage. They left behind some graffiti and a bit of a mess but nothing major. It was all very Surrey. Amongst the random graffiti was the word ‘drizzle’.”

Residents living nearby told Press Association that the event was an “illegal rave”.

One asked: “Who has a rave in an office?”

Surrey Police tweeted to say a ‘large number of units’ had worked to shut down an ‘unlicensed music event’.


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