Public asked to combat illegal raves after bad MDMA batch
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Health, Legal, Local Government
The residents of a London borough are being asked to help the authorities combat illegal raves.
Newham Council and Newham Police have appealed to those living in the area to help them tackle the problem after three people at an illegal warehouse party in Beckton were hospitalised by a bad batch of the drug MDMA last month.
Residents are being asked to report suspicious activity such as flyers advertising raves being posted in an area or on social media; large vans or lorries being driven into factories, industrial units or warehouse spaces that have been empty for some time; groups of people gathering nearby; or people forcing their way into premises.
The authorities can use enforcement and licensing powers to try to stop illegal raves before they start. Sound equipment and vehicles can be seized in some circumstances, causing significant financial loss to organisers.
Commercial landlords are also encouraged to help prevent access to land or property by ensuring all boundary fencing or walls and gates are in good repair and fully secured.
Councillor Unmesh Desai, executive member for crime and anti-social behaviour, said: “It is always easier for the police and the council to try to deal with illegal music events or raves at the earliest opportunity. They can be very difficult to stop once in full swing, so early notification of one taking place is critical. We don’t want events like this making life miserable for local residents or the safety of people attending them being put at risk. Large entertainment events need to be licensed to protect the public. We will continue to take enforcement action against anyone caught breaking the rules.”
Chief Inspector Guy Wade of Newham Police said: “Residents can play a key role in preventing such events and we ask them to assist us by reporting any suspicious activity around large disused buildings or where they suspect a rave is being organised. The sooner we have information, the more chance there is of preventing problems before they start. Public safety is our primary concern. Where we and the council can prevent, disrupt or stop an illegal rave taking place, we will do everything within our power to do so, providing it is in the best interests of all concerned and the circumstances that we are faced with.”