Police swoop on rave party

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:07 17 June 2010

AN ILLEGAL rave on an area of land near Sidbury was shut down by police at the weekend. Officers were called to East Hill Strips, at 2am on Saturday, December 27, after it was reported that there were between 60 and 100 vehicles on the site as well as ope

AN ILLEGAL rave on an area of land near Sidbury was shut down by police at the weekend.

Officers were called to East Hill Strips, at 2am on Saturday, December 27, after it was reported that there were between 60 and 100 vehicles on the site as well as open-air sound equipment.

Traffic officers carried out a number of road side breath tests but they all came back negative.

The DJ was told to pack up his sound equipment and police were eventually able to disperse the crowd at around 10am.

The incident on Saturday has prompted police to warn landowners and the public to ring them early if they suspect a rave is going to take place, or if they notice a large amount of cars and activity in a certain area.

Officers are concerned that over the festive season land may be prepared for raves or pay parties.

They are also asking people to make sure gates and entrances to land as well as secluded properties such as barns and sheds are secure.

A police spokesman said: "Devon and Cornwall is a large rural area and some of the more secluded spots may be considered ideal venues for this kind of activity.

"We do rely on our communities to be aware of the potential of this kind of behaviour and tell us as soon as possible so we can nip them in the bud."

Any musical events and festivals must be licensed otherwise people taking part are classed as trespassers on the land and can be arrested.

The spokesman added: "Specific legislation about raves has recently been tightened.

"Police and environmental health officers have powers to go and seize sound equipment used at such events and have used these powers in the past."

If you suspect land is being prepared for a rave or have information about an illegal music event contact the police on 08452 777444.


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