Council stops squatters’ illegal raves
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Legal
Ealing Council has taken action to stop unlicensed raves taking place in the Acton area of the borough, after squatters occupied empty premises.
The council went to court to prevent unauthorised use of two buildings after receiving complaints from residents about noise and disturbance from all-night raves being held in a disused industrial unit.
Those living nearby complained of sleepless nights at weekends from ravers’ loud, drunken behaviour, shouting in the street and music being played so loud that one resident’s home vibrated.
Raves had also been taking place within an empty training centre.
When the council’s response team and police officers visited the venues, they found extreme levels of loud music, thousands of people in attendance and suspected drug use.
Pat Hayes, executive director of regeneration and housing, said: “These types of rave events are an increasing concern for the council and police because of the criminal activity and anti-social behaviour linked with them.
“Any person attempting to misuse these empty properties could be arrested, evicted by bailiffs and could incur a fine.
“We are working closely with the police to monitor the situation and we would urge people not to put themselves in danger by attending any similar events.”