Suffolk Police, in conjunction with Norfolk Police, are cracking down on illegal raves in the countryside this halloween.
The police rightly make the point that the organisers of these events have little respect for health and safety regulations, or for the peace and quiet of local residents.
Chief Superintendent David McDonnell has sent out a strong message both to potential illegal rave organisers and to the public at large:
‘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 who have organised raves in Suffolk in the past. We will also seek to prosecute anyone attending a rave who commits other offences, such as damage.
I would also like to take the opportunity to appeal for the public’s help to tackle this issue. Early information from the public is critical if we are to prevent a rave from taking place. If we get reliable and timely information about where and when an event is being set up, generally we can get to the site, identify the organisers and seize sound and other equipment before the rave begins.’
Any suspicious activity which may be connected to an illegal rave should be
reported to police immediately, dialling 999 if necessary or 01473 613500.