People in rural areas are being asked to look out for signs of illegal raves. They become more frequent in the summer, with sometimes hundreds of people turning up for events which can go on for days.
Northamptonshire Police say the unlicensed events can be noisy and disruptive, and that once a rave has begun it can be very difficult to shut it down. At one at Bourne near Peterborough last year 43 people were arrested and 3 officers ended up in hospital after being injured.
Organisers often scope out potential sites in the days before and the police are asking rural communities to keep an eye out for signs, such as posters, damages gates, flattened hedgerow, or people parking by fields and going in to look around.
"People will usually ring us to complain about traffic movements and anti-social behaviour as people start to turn-up to a rave, but they can also help by being alert to anything that is out of the ordinary in their community, no matter how trivial it may seem... I would urge anyone who spots anything out of the ordinary in their village, along a country road or around farm land to please let us know."
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