POLICE investigating the organisation of illegal raves in parts of Staffordshire have today arrested five men.
Initially Staffordshire Police reported that a group of 4 – aged between 20 and 24 – had been detained on suspicion of conspiring to commit a public nuisance and remain in police custody.
Shortly after 9pm this evening (Saturday), Detectives confirmed the arrest of a fifth man. A 19-year-old from Redditch who was detained on suspicion of conspiring to commit a public nuisance – he also remains in police custody.
The arrests have been made as more illegal gatherings are expected in the county over the weekend – with officers urging anyone considering attending to stop and think of the consequences.
Equipment including a generator, amplifier, speakers and a laptop has also been seized.
Chief Superintendent Carl Ratcliffe, Head of Contact and Response for Staffordshire Police, said: “I hope these arrests send a clear message to organisers of illegal raves that we will deal with anyone involved robustly.
“Our priority is the safety of our communities and we will continue to take action against those who put the health of others in jeopardy.
“These gatherings are both illegal and irresponsible and put people at risk with the current global pandemic still not over. We will do all we can to stop these illegal Raves from taking place.”
Staffordshire Police is reminding anyone who is considering attending an illegal rave that they face the prospect of arrest if they don’t comply with a direction to leave.
Spokesperson for Staffordshire Police has said: “Anyone who is found organising these kind of events will be dealt with robustly and may be prosecuted. They are utterly unacceptable and we will do all we can to stop them from happening.
“The force is aware that there are possible further illegal raves being organised in Staffordshire this weekend. There will be a dedicated policing operation in place, with a much higher police presence in potential hot spot areas.
“People are urged to keep in mind the virus is still a major threat and we all have a role to play in helping to prevent the spread of this virus and the risks to our family and friends.”
Staffordshire Police is liaising with West Midlands Police and working alongside key partners to broaden their intelligence picture to identify and determine where events may take place.
It follows an illegal rave near to Lichfield last weekend where approximately 1,000 people turned up. Those attending were dispersed by officers, with many more being challenged and turned way.
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