Move to stop any more raves
By thisislocallondon – Wednesday 03 May 2000
Likely rave sites are to be protected and council-police co-operation re-examined in a bid to prevent a repetition of the massive rave at the start of the month. At a Kingston Council meeting last week, Kingston Police were again criticised for not putting a stop to the rave at Tolworth Court Farm.
But Superintendent Keith Free, acting head of Kingston police, stood by his decision not to risk public safety by closing down the event.
He said: “Given the mood of the people arriving and their stated intention to move that event to the town centre, I considered that could result in far greater damage and violent confrontation.
“We are trying to bring to book the organisers of this illegal trespass and bring charges of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance.”
Councillor Dennis De Lord complained that there were only seven officers on duty, despite a £1.5 million increase in the borough’s police precept.
“Where are the other 250 [officers] we apparently have protecting our interests? It’s an absolute disgrace.”