Police warning over illegal raves

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Police are warning rural residents to be on the lookout for illegal raves this bank holiday.

The force in Northants relies on information from the public when dealing with raves, either to be made aware one is happening, or to be informed of suspicious activity that could indicate one is being planned.

Raves can be disruptive in terms of noise and nuisance and can be more difficult to clear once they are established, so it is vital that people let us know if they concerned about any suspicious activity.

PC Nick Price, said: “We can nip illegal raves in the bud and stop them from taking place if we have reliable information about something which is likely to be taking place.

“Members of the public will usually ring us to complain about traffic movements and anti-social behaviour as people turn-up to the rave, but they can also help us by being alert to anything that is out of the ordinary in their community, no matter how trivial it may seem.

“In many cases those people who are looking to set-up a rave will visit the proposed site a couple of days before the event and I would urge anyone who spots any suspicious activity in their village, along a country road or around farm land to please let us know.”

Signs to look out for include posters; cropped bolts on a gate; people in cars or vans stopping to look into a field or climbing over a fence into a field; flattened or disturbed hedgerows.

Suspicious activity can be reported via ‘Do it online’ button at www.northants.police.uk or by calling 101.