What stops the police from confiscating sound systems after everyone leaves?
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April 10, 2014 at 11:53 am #700897
hello, brand new to this forum anyway just wondering like with the facebook events like shindig etc why dont the police just confiscate all the systems at the end?April 10, 2014 at 11:13 pm #973513DaftFaderParticipant
Na i don’t think the post count is accurate now the sites have been split. At least not for members from before the split.April 11, 2014 at 12:23 am #973512
Thought so, as I knew I ain’t that prolific on here, I have times when I am, but most of the time I’m not to be seen…..April 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm #973509Anonymous
Welcome. Using fb for these things isn’t very clever IMHO.April 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm #973516
yeah I’ve seen a few people saying that on here, although I’m pretty new to the whole thing anyway so I dont know much at all about itApril 28, 2014 at 8:54 pm #973510Anonymous
Fb either passes on all the information straight to the cops or they have direct access to it.April 29, 2014 at 7:45 pm #973514
I’ve wondered this to. Maybe GL will shed some light on this.April 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm #973515May 9, 2014 at 8:59 am #973511General LightingModerator
@elliotP890 561798 wrote:
hello, brand new to this forum anyway just wondering like with the facebook events like shindig etc why dont the police just confiscate all the systems at the end?
normally because these events are held in London and since Muslim chaps stopped blowing themselves up in the street a few years ago (very few did it anyway, and even those who do still want to can use cheap flights to go and fight a real war in a country with better weather), the govt has cut Police budgets.
Metpol have to keep a lot of units on standby for dealing with the fallout of the traditional night time economy up West; this includes mass fights, stabbings, rapes; there are similar crime hotspots in the South and East of the capital; and unlike a coastal town such as Ipswich or Felixstow which can (and does) make more money from daytime commercial business such as maritime operations, London is dependent economically on leisure and tourism so begrudgingly hosts these events.
In some areas the night time economy is to some extent dominated by racial / social groups who historically have a very negative view of the Police, so if cops do need to deal with a incident at a crowd event they need to go in “proper” with TSG, Trojans (big dudes with real guns) and there aren’t that many about.
So metpol simply don’t have the units required to close down a large unlicensed crowd event like that safely and seize the rigs, if they screw up both civillians and officers can be injured (not a good idea to discharge irritant gas canisters in a closed building). There is also the strong argument that the use of a genuinely disused warehouse in a city (perhaps with some collusion of the property management companies) is less of a crime than a rural party where an elderly couple’s farmland is often invaded and they often felt too intimidated to challenge the organisers.
Metpol are however much more likely to be using Facebook to gather data on organisers, and whether they are just normal young people with day jobs doing a bit of relatively harmless mischief at the weekend, or their daytime source of income is from drugs sales whilst they are claiming benefits, or involved in any other crime. The last lot are far more likely to get their doors put in at 6am one midweek morning and houses searched/sound equipment confiscated then, when they are half asleep and least expecting it.
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