Police clamp down on ravers

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A CRACKDOWN on illegal raves in the area saw police patrols out and about over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Sussex Police launched Operation Allegro last month in the Chichester district in a bid to deter and prevent illegal music events taking place.

Proactive patrols were carried out by local neighbourhood policing officers - and for the first time in several years, no raves were reported to police.

“While some in the rave community profess to see no harm in their illegal activities, we know from past experience that these events can cause an immense amount of disruption to our rural communities,” said PCSO Craig Dunlop, from Midhurst and Petworth Neighbourhood Policing Team.

“In addition to the noise complaints, there is also the illegal entry onto private land involving both people and vehicles, and the depositing of litter, some of which is very hazardous to health.

“Sussex Police would like to thank our partner agencies for their assistance, as without increased security at vulnerable sites and constant vigilance our job would be a lot more difficult.”

Although no raves took place last weekend, police warn there is still the possibility events will occur as spring and summer approach. Sussex Police is reminding people to remain vigilant and report any possible rave related activity on the non emergency number 101.

This could include:

- The removal of locks from secured access points

- Vehicles, particularly panel vans or larger, driving off road

- Groups of vehicles congregating in rural areas

- Convoys of vehicles

- Loud music from remote woodland.

By receiving early warnings Sussex Police has a much better chance of disrupting the rave and dispersing those responsible for its organisation, it said.