24 May 2013
Police are reminding members of the public and landowners across
Norfolk and Suffolk to report any suspicious activity in the run up
to and during the Bank Holiday weekend, in a bid to crack down on
Warnings are also being issued to anyone organising an illegal
rave that any sound equipment found will be seized, causing
significant financial loss to organisers, and that they will be
Detective Superintendent Paul Sanford for Norfolk/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,
"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, rave-related
anti-social behaviour and the impact on the environment; or for the
landowner left with litter and damage.
"We will maintain a hard line against anyone organising such
events and we will prosecute and seize the equipment and vehicles
of those found to be involved in their organisation. We will also
seek to prosecute anyone attending a rave who commits other
offences, such as damage."
Members of the public can play a key role in preventing such
events and the public are being asked to assist police by reporting
any suspicious activity around open land or disused buildings.
Landowners also need to remain vigilant and immediately report
any activity, which may lead 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. Police across the
county work with landowners, the Forestry Commission and Farmwatch
to offer security advice.
The police need to be informed of:
* Any information that an illegal rave is taking place
* Any sightings of vans, lorries or large numbers of vehicles
gathering near woods, rural car parks or near to disused
* Sightings of fliers advertising raves
* Broken padlocks on access gates, to areas where a rave may
Extra patrols are being planned to prevent illegal raves from
taking place and intelligence and social networking sites will be
monitored to enable early preventative action to be taken.
Det Supt Sanford/Chief Supt Brighton, added: "Early intervention
in preventing and disrupting such raves is key and in the past the
vigilance and response from the public has been extremely useful.
Reliable and timely information about where and when an event is
being set up can allow us to identify the organisers and seize
sound and other equipment before a rave begins.
"If we receive the information when the event is already
underway, we may instead monitor it to ensure as far as possible
the safety of those in attendance. Vehicles trying to get on or off
site will be stopped and dealt with for any offences they might be
committing. Where possible the organisers will be identified and
dealt with at the end of the event, which will be closed as soon as
it is safe to do so."
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