Three arrested after early morning Easter rave

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Three people were arrested on Sunday morning after police shut down an illegal rave in Olney.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, officers became aware of intelligence through Operation Robust, a Force initiative to combat raves in rural areas, that one was being planned in the north of the Force.

After a quick response from a local inspector, three people, two men aged 20 and 21 and a 21-year-old woman, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance and a van full of sound equipment was seized. All three have been released on bail until May 14.

Despite the early intervention, a rave was set up with over 2,000 people attending. Working with colleagues in Northamptonshire, Thames Valley Police declared it a rave and successfully closed it down.

Northamptonshire Police arrested a further nine people and thousands of pounds worth of music equipment was recovered.

Superintendent Barry Halliday, Area Commander for Milton Keynes, said: “As a Force we have a robust response to illegal music gatherings. This weekend was an excellent example of cross border working and how we work with our partners to prevent such gatherings taking place, and when they do, take swift action to close them down.

“We understand the concern and disruption these illegal events can have on the local and rural community and I want to reassure people that we will always take robust action. Our swift action this weekend has ensured the impact on the rural community was relatively low.

“I would like to remind local communities that if they notice anyone acting suspiciously who may be conducting early reconnaissance on rural land or starting to set up an event, please contact Thames Valley Police on 101 promptly with a description and location to help us prevent a rave before it has started.”

Any witnesses can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.