People in Northamptonshire urged to contact police if they spot signs of illegal raves

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People living in rural areas of in Northamptonshire are being warned to look out for the signs of illegal raves during the bank holiday weekend.

Northamptonshire Police relies 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.

A spokesman for the force said raves can be disruptive in terms of noise and nuisance and can be more difficult to clear once they are established, so it is vital people contacted police if they are concerned about any suspicious activity.

Superintendent Andy Cox, Head of the County Operational Command Unit, said: “We can stop illegal raves from taking place if we have reliable information about something which is likely to take place.

“We will have extra police officers on duty throughout the weekend ready to respond to any information we receive about a rave taking place.

“We are often alerted to raves by people calling us to complain about a sudden increase in traffic and anti-social behaviour as people arrive at a venue, and we would encourage them to make those calls.

“I would also urge people to be on the lookout for anything 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 any suspicious activity in their village, along a country road or around farm land to please let us know.”

People are urged to contact police if they see posters or messages advertising a rave, cropped bolts on a gate, people in cars or vans stopping to look into a field or climbing over a fence into a field, flattened or disturbed hedgerows or anyone acting suspiciously.

Members of the public can report suspicious activity by calling 101.