Norfolk police issue New Year’s Eve warning to revellers

Prince of Wales Road, Norwich. Photo: Simon Finlay. Prince of Wales Road, Norwich. Photo: Simon Finlay.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
9:16 AM

Additional police officers will be patrolling the streets tonight in a bid to help keep New Year’s Eve partygoers safe.

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Traditionally New Year’s Eve is the busiest night of the year for emergency services, including police, who have issued a seasonal warning to those heading out this evening to celebrate.

Chief Superintendent Nick Davison said: “Our city and towns are great places for people to go out and celebrate the New Year, and while Norfolk generally is a very safe place, we’re reminding young women in particular to stick with their friends, look out for one another and not to leave anyone behind.

“We know alcohol makes people more vulnerable and one of our key messages is to know your limits - have a good night out but think about what you are drinking and look out for each other. There will be additional officers on patrol this evening to offer advice and reassurance as well as deal with any incidents which occur.

“Make sure you all get home safely, so book a taxi or have a designated driver. The drink drive campaign continues tomorrow and officers will be out and about stopping motorists the morning after when you could still be over the limit.”

Meanwhile, police have issued a warning to anyone planning to organise an illegal rave in the county during the New Year festivities.

Illegal raves not only cause distress to local residents, whose lives are disturbed by loud music over a long period of time and by large numbers of people making their way on and off a site, but they also could potentially put lives and property at risk.

Chief Superintendent Nick Davison, who heads the Constabulary’s County Policing Command, said: “Whilst 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.

“Unlicensed musical events or raves are unsafe and disruptive to our local communities. 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 by reporting any suspicious activity which may lead them to believe a rave is being organised.

Suspicious activity may include:

A large gathering of vehicles in car parks or moving convoy of vehicles on roads.

Invasions onto land by people with vans which may be carrying sound equipment.

Trespassers on private land taking interest in a potential rave site.

Chief Supt Davison added: “Where evidence is found to identify those responsible we will do everything we can to bring them to justice. We always prosecute whenever possible in partnership with other agencies.”

Police across the county have been working very closely with landowners, the Forestry Commission and Farmwatch to offer security advice and ensure they contact the police at the earliest opportunity with information.

Landowners are also being reminded to ensure the entrances to their property are secure and also to report any breaches suspected of being linked to a potential rave to police.

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

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