Police rapped over rave party
By thisislocallondon – Thursday 19 October 2000
Police chiefs were rapped last week for not contacting community group leaders during the weekend of the Tolworth rave. Kingston Police Community Consultative Group (PCCG) was angry it had not been kept informed of events over the August Bank Holiday weekend, when thousands of partygoers descended on Tolworth Court Farm.
The PCCG represents sections of the borough and discusses crime issues with the police.
At its meeting on October 8, chairman Sandra Flower told the group she first she heard of the event when reading the national papers.
On learning that Superintendent Keith Free, acting borough commander, had forgotten to tell her, she said: “I expressed my dismay at such a response and stated that had we known about the rave, we may have chosen to go and hear for ourselves the noise and to possibly talk to residents.
“This would have lent weight to any representations we might have been making.”
The police have promised to store PCCG contact numbers in the police control room in future.
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