Devon and Cornwall's illegal rave police on patrol this weekend
Devon and Cornwall polices’ illegal rave patrol will be out in the Duchy this bank holiday weekend.
Each year in Devon and Cornwall significant police resource is required to respond and manage the removal of a number of illegal raves.
In order to address this issue, the Force has mounted intelligence- led operations under Operation Derig aimed at preventing or disrupting illegal rave events in Devon andd Cornwall.
Dedicated officers have throughout the spring and summer months patrolled potential areas of risk to illegal gatherings in order to provide a timely response and prevent such events from taking place.
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The next of these dedicated patrols will take place this weekend.
Police say that raves result in arrests for drink driving and drug possession and the Police will not shy away from seizing sound equipment.
Detective Superintendent Glen Mayhew said: “Whilst illegal raves tend to occur in the remote areas, they have an impact on local residents and others who look to make use of these areas for leisure activities.
“The raves are illegal as they are not only very disruptive but they present dangers to those who attend.
“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 medial attention – yet due to terrain and the management of the rave site it is extremely difficult for Police and other emergency services to respond to calls.”
“We will not shy away from using all appropriate legislation to prevent such events and where a rave has been established we will look to seize sound equipment.
“If anyone suspects people are visiting a particular area with a view to planning an illegal gathering, or they see the site being set up then please ring the police as it is more effective to prevent raves taking place rather than trying to stop them when they are in full swing.