PLANS for a New Year’s Eve rave in Colne have been refused after strong objections by Lancashire Police.

Promoters Small Trees wanted to stage the event at an industrial unit off Burnley Road, Primet Bridge but PC Mark Driver, Pennine policing division licensing officer, raised concerns on how an expected crowd of up to 500 could be managed.

Further worries centred on internet promotional promises of £2 drinks for everything except spirits.

The borough’s licensing committee issued a counter-notice against the event.