Land owners warned to look out for bank holiday raves

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Police are asking the public and landowners across Norfolk and Suffolk to help crack down on illegal raves by reporting any suspicious activity in the run up to and during the bank holiday weekend.

Suffolk and Norfolk police also warn anyone organising an illegal rave that sound equipment will be seized, causing significant financial loss to organisers, and that they will be prosecuted.

Chief Superintendent Jon Brighton for Suffolk, said: “Historically we have seen illegal raves being held over Bank Holiday weekends. Our zero-tolerance approach to such unlicensed music events, which are potentially dangerous and cause unnecessary damage and disruption, will continue.

“Illegal rave organisers have little concern for the health, safety and welfare of those attending the event; for the local residents, who are adversely affected by the noise, anti-social behaviour and the impact on the environment; or for the landowner left with litter and damage.

Landowners need to immediately report any activity which leads them to suspect a rave is being organised on their land. Extra care should be taken to ensure that property entrances are secure wherever possible.

The police need to be informed ofany sightings of vans, lorries or large numbers of vehicles gathering near woods, rural car parks or near to disused buildings/warehouse and broken padlocks on access gates.

Anyone with information about an illegal rave or witnesses any suspicious activity on farmland or in buildings should contact Norfolk Constabulary or Suffolk Constabulary on 101.