Police warn against New Year raves

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Suffolk police are warning anyone planning to organise an illegal rave ahead of the New Year bank holiday they are taking a zero tolerance approach.

Police say they will be clamping down on individuals who choose to break the law and ruin peace in their community.

Extra patrols of officers have been brought in to tackle illegal raves plus assistance from volunteers from the Special Constabulary.

Intelligence and social networking sites will be monitored to enable preventative action to be taken and police are asking residents to report any suspicious activity around open land or disused buildings.

Landowners are asked to remain vigilant and report ant activity which may lead them to suspect a rave is being organised on their land.

Chief Superintendent Jon Brighton, County Policing Commander for Suffolk said: “Historically unlicensed music events often take place at New Year or on Bank Holidays.

“Raves can be very difficult to stop once in full swing, so early notification of one 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.

“I would also stress to those people who take bookings at venues if you are approached by a group that you do not recognise to book your premises, let the police licensing team know so they can do some intelligence checks.

“This is important at any time of the year, but particularly so now in the run up to the festive season.

“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.”

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