Suffolk residents urged to be on look out for signs of illegal raves

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SUFFOLK Police are asking residents to report any suspicious activity around open land and disused buildings in a bid to stop illegal raves this Bank Holiday weekend.

Extra patrols are being planned while social networking sites are being monitored. Officers want to hear of any sightings of vans, lorries or large numbers of vehicles gathering.

Chf Supt David Skevington, county policing commander for Suffolk said: ““Historically we have seen illegal raves being held over Bank Holiday weekends. Raves can be very difficult to stop once in full swing, so early notification of a rave taking place is critical in helping us police these events.

“I want to warn anyone who is considering organising a rave that they will face prosecution for holding such an event – we have successfully prosecuted people previously in Suffolk and will continue with our zero tolerance approach for any future raves held in the county. We will seize any sound and other equipment, causing significant financial loss to organisers and we will also seek prosecution.

“Ultimately public safety is the primary concern for us. Where officers can prevent, disrupt or stop a rave taking place, we will do everything within our power to do this, providing that it is in the best interests of all concerned, given the specific circumstances that we are faced with.

Police have powers, which enable them to seize vehicles and sound equipment in certain circumstances. As such they are urging anyone who rents sound or lighting equipment to only do so to people who they believe to have a valid and legal reason. Seized equipment will be retained as evidence for any prosecution.

If you have any information that could assist the Police in relation to raves taking place please contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101 or Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.