Newham

Residents encouraged to help prevent illegal raves

28 February 2014 in Community safety
Newham Council and Newham Police are asking residents, businesses, and commercial landlords to be their eyes and ears to help prevent illegal raves from taking place.​
The appeal comes after three party-goers were taken to hospital after taking a bad batch of the party drug MDMA at an illegal warehouse party in Beckton on 21 February.

The council and police can use enforcement and licensing powers to try to stop illegal raves, pay parties or unlicensed music events, before they start. Sound equipment and vehicles can be seized in some circumstances, causing significant financial loss to organisers.

Residents are 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.

Commercial landlords or owners of such premises 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.”

If you have any information that could assist the police in relation to unlicensed music events taking place call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. To contact the council's enforcement and safety team call 0208 430 2000 or visit www.newham.gov.uk.