Illegal rave alert for Midhurst and Petworth during holiday

POLICE in the Midhurst and Petworth area are appealing to members of the public to help them stamp out any plans for illegal raves in the area over the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee bank holiday.

PCSO Craig Dunlop, a member of the area’s neighbourhood policing team, asked people to be alert to any possible rave-related activity, including the removal of locks from secured access points, vehicles particularly panel vans or larger vehicles driving off road, groups of vehicles congregating in rural areas, convoys of vehicles or loud music coming from remote woodland.

He asked members of the public to contact police immediately with information.

“Please report any such activity on the Sussex police non-emergency number of 101 as soon as possible, quoting ‘OPERATION ALLEGRO’.

He added: “By receiving early warnings Sussex police have a much better chance of disrupting the rave and dispersing those responsible for its organisation.

“Extra patrols will be mounted over the bank holiday weekend and any early intelligence of rave activity gained from members of the public will be passed to these patrols as soon as it is received.”

Members of the public can also email contact.centre@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call Crime stoppers on 0800 555111.