Police warning over school-age rave

POLICE have issued a warning after they discovered a school-age rave is planned in the Ipswich docks area tomorrow.

Colin Adwent

POLICE have issued a warning after they discovered a school-age rave is planned in the Ipswich docks area tomorrow.

Officers are concerned the unlicensed music event will take place in an unlit and derelict building next to the docks and the inherent dangers that this, coupled with alcohol, poses.

Licensed premises in the area have been visited and have been asked to be extra vigilant, reporting any incidents of underage revellers attempting to buy alcohol.

Acting chief inspector Matt Dee, acting district commander for Ipswich, said: “Parents are asked to make enquiries with their children as to where they are going this weekend and to discourage them from attending this event.

“I want to warn anyone who is considering organising a rave, that they will face prosecution for holding such an event. We will also seek to prosecute anyone attending a rave that commits other offences, such as damage.

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“The legislation available to us is purposefully designed to prevent some of the most vulnerable members of society - for instance, the young being exposed to dangerous environments and situations.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to appeal to the public and to parents to help to tackle this issue. Early information is critical if we are to prevent a rave from taking place. If we get reliable and timely information about where and when an event is being set up, generally we can get to the site, identify the organisers and seize sound and other equipment before the rave begins.

“There are some cases where a rave is up and running with large crowds already present. In these instances it may be necessary to manage the event where it is, monitoring it closely to ensure, as far as possible, the safety of those attending. Vehicles trying to get on or off site will be stopped and dealt with for any offences they might be committing.

“Where possible the organisers will be identified and dealt with at the end of the event, which will be closed as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Illegal rave organisers have little concern for the health, safety and welfare of those attending the event, or for the local residents, who are adversely affected by the rave. There is usually a lack of proper sanitary provisions and nothing put in place to deal with the risk of fire.

Police are urging members of the public and land and building owners to report any suspicious activity in a bid to crack down on illegal raves.

To do so telephone 01473 613500, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or 999 if necessary.