Code tackles illegal raves
By thisislocallondon – Wednesday 21 February 2001
A new protocol outlining the powers and responsibilities of the police and the council regarding raves was adopted this week.
The code of practise is based on intelligence gathering and a co-ordinated approach between authorities in dealing with and preventing such events.
If a rave is in its early stages, police can take any positive action in order to prevent the event from taking place.
Such action can include seizing sound equipment, blocking the entrances to the site and intensifying stop and search initiatives.
The document says: Where it is felt that such an event is causing, or likely to cause a breach of the peace, Kingston Police will endeavour to act in a robust and positive manner in order to combat serious instances of anti-social behaviour.
The protocol was produced as a result of a 48-hour rave held at Tolworth Court Farm last September which was attended by 2,000 people.
All vulnerable sites, such as open spaces and unoccupied buildings have been identified within the borough.