Illegal Rave Clamp Down in Thames Valley

5 April 2012, 05:00

There'll be extra police out over Easter to make sure there aren't any illegal raves in the Thames Valley.

The force say the bank holiday weekend is historically a hot-spot for unlicensed music events and parties.

A special team has been set up to make sure they can deal with any parties before they get going.

Landowners and farmers are being asked to be check their sensors, farm gates and entry points to make sure people can't get onto their land.

This week a man who organised a rave in the Aylesbury area of Buckinghamshire has been given an Anti -Social Behaviour Order (ASBO).

Robbie Brophy, aged 20, from Wratting Road in Suffolk appeared at the Aylesbury Crown Court on March 3 where he was given the three years order after admitting organising a rave in October.

The ASBO prevents him from organising or attending a rave and from supplying property that could be used in a rave.

Brophy was also sentenced to pay £3,000 compensation to the National Trust, a £1,500 fine, £15 surcharge and £80 court costs.

Inspector Emma Baillie says they want people to get in touch if they see anyone acting suspiciously on their land;

"We have additional police resources available to respond effectively to these events during the Easter holiday period. 

"However, it is only through the eyes and ears of local communities that we can respond early to prevent their set-up in the first place.

"If you 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."