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Norfolk Police urges public: 'Help stop Easter ravers'

Residents and landowners in West Norfolk have been urged to be vigilant amid concerns that illegal raves are being planned for the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Norfolk Police chiefs say they have received intelligence suggesting an unlawful gathering may take place in the county over the coming days.

Under coronavirus rules, organisers of such events can be fined up to £10,000, while anyone attending can be fined £100.

Norfolk Police are hoping to prevent scenes like this over the Easter weekend
Norfolk Police are hoping to prevent scenes like this over the Easter weekend

And senior officers have pledged to use all the powers at their disposal to prevent unlawful gatherings, or break them up where they occur.

County policing commander, Supt Dave Buckley, said: "Chief Superintendent Dave Buckley said: "Coronavirus is still with us and while we’ve seen the lifting of some restrictions this week, large gatherings inside or out are not permitted.

"These events are not only illegal but carry a significant risk of transmitting the virus. We would urge people to think twice before attending such events and will, where appropriate, take action to disrupt and shut them down.”

"Experience tells us early intervention is key in prevention and disrupting these events and in the past the vigilance and response from the public has been extremely useful.

"If we receive the information when the event is already underway, we may instead monitor it to ensure as far as possible the safety of those in attendance.

"Vehicles trying to get on or off site will be stopped and dealt with for any offences they might be committing. Officers will not be afraid to use the powers available to them.”

Police say members of the public and landowners can play a key role in disrupting these events by informing officers about activity around open land or disused buildings, including;

Any information that a rave is taking place (loud music/lights)

Sightings of vans, lorries or large numbers of vehicles gathering near woods, rural car parks or near to disused buildings/warehouses

Fliers advertising raves

Broken padlocks on access gates, to areas where a rave may take place

Posts on social media advertising events

Anyone who has information about an illegal rave or UME or who sees any suspicious activity on farmland or in buildings should contact Norfolk Police on 101.

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