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Illegal raves are cut
THE number of illegal raves has nearly halved in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight since the launch of Operation Enigma earlier this year.
During 2013, a total of 12 reported raves have taken place across the two counties, compared with 22 in 2012.
Operation Enigma, launched in May, is Hampshire Constabulary’s fresh approach to dealing with unlicensed music events, which aims to prevent the gatherings in the first place, as well as providing a swift and robust approach when an illegal rave is taking place.
Preventative measures have included visits to landowners to offer advice on securing their properties, intelligence sharing with neighbouring forces and the issuing of warning letters to the owners of vehicles attending rave sites.
Of the 12 unlicensed music events attended by Hampshire Constabulary in 2013, nine were shut down swiftly. On three further occasions, officers seized equipment.
Three arrests were made across the year, with two people cautioned for carrying out an unauthorised licensable activity and one individual charged with obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty.
Superintendent James Fulton, the force lead for Operation Enigma, said: “Operation Enigma will continue throughout the winter and into next year and anyone thinking about organising an illegal rave should know that we will continue to take a robust approach and that our officers will be seizing even more equipment in 2014 if organisers fail to heed the warnings.”
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