Illegal rave planned on former Northamptonshire airfield disrupted by police

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Preparations for an illegal rave on an old Northamptonshire airfield were disrupted at the weekend after a member of the public reported suspicious activity near the site.

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

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

Supported by the police helicopter, which was able to locate a vehicle already on the site, and using powers under Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, officers seized the equipment, took details of all vehicles, their drivers and passengers, and directed everyone to leave the area.

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.

Mr Hillery has urged people in the county to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity ahead of another bank holiday weekend.

He said: “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.”

Some of the signs to look out for that might indicate a rave is being planned 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 Northamptonshire Police on 101 or in an emergency, call 999.