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Rave Check

by msecadm4921

Police are appealing to landowners to report any incursions onto property by people who may be intent on holding a rave.

Illegal raves not only cause distress to local residents, whose lives are blighted by loud music over a long period of time and by large numbers of people making their way on and off a site, but they also could potentially put lives and property at risk.

The organisers of these events have not made the necessary arrangements to ensure the health, safety and security of the attendees. There is usually a lack of proper sanitary provisions and nothing put in place to deal with risks such as fire.

Police in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk will be working closely together and with partner agencies over the bank holiday weekend to try and prevent illegal raves in the region. Those who are responsible for organising these events can expect to be dealt with robustly. Anyone considering holding a rave must be aware that the risk of a criminal conviction is real.

Commenting on the issue of illegal raves Chief Inspector Michael Holdsworth from Suffolk ‘s Operational Planning department said: "Early information from the public is critical if we are to prevent a rave from taking place. Our priority when dealing with raves is the health and safety of all those involved. If we can get onto a site early, seize equipment and prevent the rave from taking place, we will!"

"However in some cases where a rave is up and running with large crowds of people already present it is sometimes necessary to manage the event where it is, monitoring it closely to ensure as far as possible the safety of the attendees. Vehicles trying to get on or off the site will be stopped and drivers details taken. Where possible the organisers will be identified and dealt with at the end of the event which will be closed down as soon as it is safe to do so."

"I would urge anyone who sees anything that they think may be connected with an illegal rave to contact police immediately. Suspicious activity could include large convoys of cars grouping together in car parks or vans and trucks suitable for transporting sound equipment making their way onto rural sites."

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