Police ask residents to help them prevent illegal raves

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Police have put out an appeal for residents to be on the lookout for illegal raves.

Following a police operation at a rural location between Weldon and Oundle last Sunday (June 23), which saw seven people arrested and nuisance caused to local residents in the early hours of the morning, communities are being asked to be vigilant.

Officers say they rely 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.

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 and suspicious activity in their village, along a country road or around farm land, then please let us know.”

Residents are asked to contact the police if they see posters or messages advertising a rave, cropped bolts on gates, people in vehicles stopping to look into a field or climbing over a fence into a field, flattened or disturbed hedgerows or anyone acting suspiciously.

Suspicious behaviour can be reported via the forms & online services button at www.northants.police.uk, or by calling 101.