Smooth Criminal Michael Jackson
2 April 2013, 11:16
Twelve people have been arrested after an illegal rave was uncovered on the Northamptonshire/Milton Keynes border.
More than 2,000 people were at the event near Olney when it was raided in the early hours of Easter Sunday 31 March 2013.
Three people, two men aged 20 and 21 and a 21-year-old woman, were later arrested by Thames Valley Police on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance.
A van full of sound equipment was seized. All three were released on bail until 14 May 2013.
Northamptonshire Police arrested a further nine people and thousands of pounds worth of music equipment was recovered.
Supt Barry Halliday, Thames Valley Police Area Commander for Milton Keynes, said: “As a Force we have a robust response to illegal music gatherings. This weekend was an excellent example of cross border working and how we work with our partners to prevent such gatherings taking place, and when they do, take swift action to close them down.
“We understand the concern and disruption these illegal events can have on the local and rural community and I want to reassure people that we will always take robust action. Our swift action this weekend has ensured the impact on the rural community was relatively low.
“I would like to remind local communities that if they notice anyone acting suspiciously who may be conducting early reconnaissance on rural land or starting to set up an event, please contact Thames Valley Police on 101 promptly with a description and location to help us prevent a rave before it has started.”
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