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  • District Commanders Monthly update for July 2014.

    Along with mowing the lawn, strawberries, cricket & warm beer, the illegal rave is fast becoming an indicator that Summer is here! Often taking place in relatively remote locations, the boom boom bass beat of the music can travel many miles, disturbing the peace and quiet of those living in the vicinity. The organisers of these raves tend to target fields, areas of woodland or disused industrial units as their venues, arriving just an hour or so before the party commences with their sound equipment and generators. Once they've arrived and are setting up, so the invite goes out via Social Media to their hundreds of followers, informing them of the exact location. As you can imagine, this short space of time between tranquilly and chaos gives police a huge challenge in terms of opportunity to disrupt the rave and take action against those organising.

    In recent months we've seen raves take place on both Lewes and Peacehaven industrial estates which have caused disturbance to those living nearby for several hours and, quite understandably, caused upset and frustration amongst local residents. What is less well known, of course, are the numerous attempts at setting up raves which police are able to thwart - often on a weekly basis. Through the vigilance of local officers and local residents/traders, we can often pick up on signs that a venue is being looked at as a potential rave site and we can put measures in place to disrupt the organisers.

    Two weeks ago, across Sussex, we were able to foil four separate attempts to establish raves - seizing sound equipment and arresting several people involved in the organising of them. The assistance we received from members of the public giving us information was crucial. I would urge you all to keep your eyes peeled and report any suspicious activity asap. The sooner we can find out their plans, the better chance we have of ensuring local residents have a peaceful night.....

    Rob Leet
    Chief Inspector
    Lewes District Commander

    Twitter: @ChInspRobLeet

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