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Police warning over illegal raves

PUBLISHED: 13:38 19 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:38 06 July 2010

Norfolk Police has issued a robust reminder to anyone planning to organise an illegal rave in the county over the coming weeks, re-iterating our previous warnings that the force will adopt a zero tolerance approach.

Norfolk Police has issued a robust reminder to anyone planning to organise an illegal rave in the county over the coming weeks, re-iterating our previous warnings that the force will adopt a zero tolerance approach.

Chief Superintendent Tony Cherington, who leads the County Delivery Unit, said that while the force continued to work with the organisers of licensed musical events, extra resources were available this bank holiday weekend to prevent, disrupt and close down illegal raves.

He said: “I want to re-iterate the message that these events are unsafe and disruptive to our local communities.

“We will continue to take a hard line against the people behind these events. We shall prosecute and seize and destroy the equipment of anyone found to be involved in their organisation.”

Members of the public are urged to play their part and support police action by remaining vigilant over the coming weeks by reporting any suspicious activity which may lead them to believe a rave is being organised.

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 0845 456 4567.

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