Search

Residents asked to help stop illegal raves

16:21 28 February 2014

An illegal rave took place in this unit in Hillcroft Road, Beckton last Friday

An illegal rave took place in this unit in Hillcroft Road, Beckton last Friday

Archant

Residents are being asked to help stop illegal raves from taking place in Newham.

The joint appeal from Newham police and Newham council comes days after the Recorder revealed that eight people have received medical attention in the last fortnight after taking a form of crystallised MDMA at parties in empty buildings in the borough.

Residents are being asked to report suspicious activity such as advertising flyers, large vans or lorries being driven into factories, industrial units or warehouse spaces that have been empty for some time, groups of people gathering nearby or people forcing their way into premises.

Landlords are also encouraged to help prevent access to land or property by ensuring all boundary fencing, walls and gates are in good repair and fully secured.

Chief Inspector Guy Wade, of Newham Police, said: “Residents can play a key role in preventing such events and we ask them to assist us by reporting any suspicious activity around large disused buildings or where they suspect a rave is being organised.

“The sooner we have information, the more chance there is of preventing problems before they start. Public safety is our primary concern. Where we and the council can prevent, disrupt or stop an illegal rave taking place, we will do everything within our power to do so, providing it is in the best interests of all concerned and the circumstances that we are faced with.”

Councillor Unmesh Desai, executive member for crime and anti-social behaviour, said: “It is always easier for the police and the council to try to deal with illegal music events or raves at the earliest opportunity. They can be very difficult to stop once in full swing, so early notification of one taking place is critical.”

If you have any information that could assist the police in relation to unlicensed music events taking place call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To contact the council’s enforcement and safety team call 0208 430 2000 or visit www.newham.gov.uk

Latest Newham News Stories

Yesterday, 18:08
Before the DLR extension, London City Airport was served by shuttle buses

There’s no sign of the Shard, the O2 Arena or Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Elizabeth Olympic
Yesterday, 17:28
The mayoral election winner will take over from Boris at City Hall (PA)

The polling stations for the 2016 London mayoral election close at 10pm tonight. Wondering what time the winner the mayoral election 2016 will be announced?

London
Yesterday, 14:33
David Manton

A man who attempted to rob a Forest Gate betting shop has today been jailed for five years.

Yesterday, 13:00
Appointments for some diabetes patients at Newham University Hospital are being carried out using the tele-conferencing software Skype. Picture: PA/Peter Byrne

In the second of our series exploring the £6million yearly cost of missed appointments at Newham University Hospital, EMMA YOULE finds out how technology is being used to tackle the issue head on

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more
Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe