Help police in Suffolk combat illegal raves over the New Year weekend

Norfolk and Suffolk Police at the scene of an unlicensed music event (UME) in the Aldeby area in Aug

Norfolk and Suffolk Police at the scene of an unlicensed music event (UME) in the Aldeby area in August 2015. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Police have issued a robust reminder to anyone planning to organise an illegal rave in Suffolk ahead of the New Year bank holiday, that it is adopting a zero-tolerance approach to the events.

Regular officers from Suffolk Constabulary, together with volunteer officers from the special constabulary, are preparing for the forthcoming celebrations with extra patrols being planned to prevent illegal raves from taking place.

Social networking sites will be monitored to enable early preventative action to be taken.

The force has also said residents 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.

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 buildings/warehouse; sightings of fliers advertising raves; or broken padlocks on access gates to areas where a rave may take place.

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Chief insp Matthew Rose, head of community safety, said: 'Historically unlicensed music events often take place at New Year or on bank holidays. It is much easier to stop a rave before it starts, 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.

'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 unlicensed music events taking place please contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.