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 News Stories

Fri, 15:36
Prime Minister David Cameron is interviewed by Jeremy Paxman (right) on the Sky News/Channel 4 programme: Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10, at the Sky Studios in Osterley, west London.

The Prime Minister and Labour leader were interviewed individually in the Sky News/Channel 4 programme: Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10.

David Cameron
Fri, 14:59
Community paediatrician Dr Tan (front, centre) has retired, 23 years after joining the NHS.

A well-loved paediatrician has retired after 20 years of serving families in Newham.

Glasgow
Fri, 14:42
Ed Miliband kicks off his election campaign in Stratford

Ed Miliband has officially kicked off his election campaign with a visit to Stratford this morning.

Labour Party
Fri, 11:32
Muhon Choudhury was stabbed in his Plaistow shop.

A shop owner who was stabbed as he was opening up at 5am has been walking with a stick since and is terrified to go back to work.

Most read news

The lights went off and the cameras came out.

Call it the X Factor, star quality, even ‘something’ but whatever ‘it’ is Ed’s not got it, says the PM.

The Ukip leader doesn’t want to be too scripted for the seven-way televised encounter.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder