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Hippies Clash With Police At Stonehenge

June 18, 1988

LONDON (AP) _ A band of British hippies heading for an annual festival of modern-day Druids invaded the ancient Stonehenge monument and scuffled with police who tried to keep them away.

Nine vehicles drove through a perimeter fence Friday night and then, with police in pursuit, the occupants jumped out and ran across the open land around the giant stones.

Police said they made about 30 arrests for alleged criminal damage and public order offenses.

″A number of them did resist arrest and they put up a very fierce struggle which had to be curtailed,″ said assistant chief constable James Hogarth.

The hippies’ annual convoy, heading for a traditional ceremony by white- robed modern-day Druids on the first day of summer next Tuesday, had been monitored by police as it drove through Wiltshire county.

Police said they warned the convoy not to stop at Stonehenge but some vehicles suddenly turned off the road and smashed a hole in the fence.

Stonehenge, 85 miles west of London, is a state-protected monument of the government-funded English Heritage. The organization bars hippies from the annual summer ceremony because they allegedly damaged the turf and the stones in past years.

On the first day of summer, the sun rises over one of the stones creating an avenue of shadow within the monument, underpinning a belief that the prehistoric stone circle, dating from about 1800 B.C., was built for a religious or ceremonial purpose.

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