Illegal rave warning issued by police

SUFFOLK Police is issuing a robust reminder to anyone planning an illegal rave during the New Year festivities that the force will adopt a zero tolerance approach.

Officers say that not only do illegal raves cause distress to residents, whose lives are disturbed by loud music and large numbers of people making their way on and off a site, but they could also potentially put lives and property at risk.

Chief superintendent David Skevington said: “While we continue to work with the organisers of licensed musical events, I want to make it quite clear that resources are available over the New Year period if we need to prevent, disrupt and close down illegal raves in the county.

“These types of event are anti-social and can cause a great deal of distress not just to local people, but can also have an adverse impact on the environment and wildlife.”

Members of the public are urged to play their part and support police action by remaining vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity which may lead them to believe a rave is being organised.

This may include large gathering of vehicles in car parks or moving convoys of vehicles, invasions onto land by people with vans which may be carrying sound equipment and trespassers on private land.

Chief Supt Skevington added: “Where evidence is found to identify those responsible we will do everything we can to bring them to justice.”

Police across the county have been working very closely with landowners to offer security advice and ensure they contact officers at the earliest opportunity with information. Landowners are also being reminded to ensure the entrances to their property are secure.

Anyone with information about an illegal rave should contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101.