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Police pledge to stop Bank Holiday illegal raves

Rubbish left after a previous rave on Dartmoor Credit: ITV News West Country

Devon and Cornwall Police have warned that they are prepared to prevent any illegal raves taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend.

It follows problems encountered at Bellever and Davidstowe in previous years and they say it diverts valuable resources away from regular policing

"Safety regulations used at all public events were introduced to ensure safety of those attending, yet illegal raves do not follow any guidance.

“These types of unregulated events are not only dangerous to those attending but cause disruption to people who live nearby.

“We have seen incidents where people have got lost in poor weather in very remote areas and come to harm, as well as people attending suffering medical episodes and in need of medical attention – yet due to terrain and the poor management of the rave site it is extremely difficult for police and other emergency services to respond.”

“We will take positive action regarding criminal activity and identify and target organisers. We can seize any equipment associated with the activity and take positive action against those suspected of offences such as drink-driving and drug possession.

“We also appeal to members of the public to keep us informed to help disrupt any illegal raves as early intervention is key; accurate and timely information can allow us to close down an event before it has even started.”

– Superintendent Craig Downham