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Police prevent illegal rave in Rushcliffe

Officers will again be available today (Monday 31 August) if needed.

Police can confirm there was no activity at all at the site of a planned illegal rave in Nottinghamshire over the bank holiday.

Local officers monitored the area in Costock where hundreds of party-goers were due to set up camp over the long weekend.

Police Support Units also carried out bail checks on the six people who were arrested following a series of warrant on 21 August. All were at their homes and accounted for.

Officers will again be available today (Monday 31 August) if needed.

Six people were arrested as part of an operation to stop an illegal rave, five men aged 33, 41, 55, 59 and 62 and one woman aged 51 were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause the public nuisance following a series of warrants.

They have since been bailed pending further enquiries.

Officers attended five properties in Kimbolton Avenue, Radford, Deal Gardens, Bulwell, Rolleston Drive, Lenton, Summer Street, West Bromwich and Cavell Way, Sittingbourne.

The video (below) shows how officers calmly arrested a man in Radford as part of the operation.

The force gathered intelligence last month on social media following a promotion of an illegal rave due to take place at a farm in Costock, near the Leicestershire border.

The event was due to start on Friday 28 August for two nights.

Public Order Public Safety Commander Neil Williams is leading the operation. He said: “We are pleased to hear that people have stayed away from the planned rave.

“The force has worked closely with Rushcliffe Borough Council throughout and it’s our understanding that the unauthorised music event would have hosted hundreds of people, DJs and food stalls.

“We believe early intervention is best regarding these illegal events and it’s important to quell their planning and halt any illegal gathering before they happen.

“We will continue to use these disruptive tactics to ensure that these types of events are cancelled.

“It’s more important than ever that our communities across Nottinghamshire are protected from any events that threaten measures to combat the pandemic or cause localised anti-social or illegal activity.

“Mass gatherings of more than 30 people are illegal and dangerous. We will work to prevent these taking place by engaging with the organisers, where this is possible.

“Officers now have the power to issue £10,000 fines to the organisers of these events and £100 fines to those who choose to attend them.

“I would urge anyone thinking about attending a mass gathering to consider the risks you are creating for yourself, your family and others.”