Illegal rave in village near Kettering is broken up by police

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Police have broken up plans for an illegal rave in Harrington.

Officers were called to the old airfield in the village, near Kettering, shortly after midnight on Sunday, May 18, after a member of the public reported people were trying to force open a steel gate to get onto the site.

Five vehicles had congregated at the entrance and a sound system had already been set up on the airfield.

Police seized the equipment, took details of all vehicles, their drivers and passengers, and directed everyone to leave the area.

The police helicopter also provided assistance.

Chief Inspector Chris Hillery said: “Thanks to a vigilant member of the public, who took the time to call us and report what they had seen, we were able to respond quickly and nip this rave in the bud, preventing the disruption and inconvenience it would inevitably have caused to local people.

“Raves can be very disruptive in terms of noise and nuisance and can be more difficult to clear once they are established. It’s therefore vital that people let us know if they concerned about any suspicious activity, which is exactly what happened in this case.

“With another bank holiday weekend coming up and the promise of more warm weather, I would urge people to continue to be on the look out for anything out of the ordinary.

“Often, those who are looking to set-up a rave will visit the potential site a couple of days before the event. If anyone spots any suspicious activity in their village, along a country road or around farm land, please let us know.”

Northamptonshire Police have issued a list of some of the signs which could indicate a rave is being planned. They include:

o Posters or messages advertising a rave

o Cropped bolts on a gate

o People in cars or vans stopping to look into a field or climbing over a fence into a field

o Flattened or disturbed hedgerows

o Anyone acting suspiciously

Extra officers will be on patrol over the bank holiday weekend ready to respond to any information about a rave taking place. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or in an emergency, call 999.