Rave parties deterrent
By thisislocallondon – Friday 15 February 2002
Licensing laws could be used to stop raves in mid-Essex.
The police officer in charge of dealing with the illicit parties in the Braintree District, Insp Joe Wrigley, based at Dunmow, has met with licensing and environmental health officers from both district councils and a Crown Prosecution Service representative.
Together, they will make plans ready for the rave season, which usually starts during the next month
“We are collectively finding a way of doing something under current legislation which would be a deterrent,” he said.
Admitting that it would not be as effective as a complete review of current legislation, he said the organisations are working together to try and prevent any further unlicensed events.
They will be using possible breaches of public entertainment legislation under licensing law.
“Both district councils are keen to do something positive about this problem.
“We will have police officers available and we will go to the site and we will hand all the evidence to prosecution officers,” he added.
Under current public order legislation police officers are able to stop raves in the open air but not in a building.