Rave organisers warned of police crackdown

ORGANISERS of illegal summer raves are being warned of an unexpected visit from the police in the coming months.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary fear brighter evenings and warmer temperatures will see an increase in unlicensed parties which could make life a misery for residents living nearby.

But officers have been briefed on regular party hotspots to make sure they catch those responsible.

Sergeant Jon Simons who runs the force’s Rave Watch scheme said his officers will again target organisers before trouble starts.

He said: “We will be incorporating Rave Watch into our anti-social behaviour patrols every weekend, patrolling the known hotspots in Leigh Woods and another at the old Barrow Hospital site in Barrow Gurney.

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“If you are planning on attending one these raves beware as you will more than likely be coming face-to-face with our officers.”

Assistant chief constable John Long said: “We don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun this summer, but we do want to make sure partygoers are safe.

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“We regularly get complaints from residents because they are being kept awake by loud music as well as from the owners of the places where the parties are held about the damage being caused.”

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