Police issue strong warning as illegal raves expected in Newcastle and North East this weekend

Police are aware of more planned illegal raves after on in Bedlington on Wednesday

Police have issued a warning message to people in Newcastle and the North East as they prepare to tackle a weekend of illegal raves.

Individuals considering attending illegal raves this weekend are being told that police will be taking "robust action" to shut down gatherings.

Earlier this week, officers were called to the Gallagher Park area in Bedlington, following reports of disorder at an unofficial gathering.

Northumbria Police are aware that a number of follow-up events are potentially being planned to take place across the region.

Chief Superintendent Karl Wilson has issued a stark warning to both organisers and would-be attendees that such events will not be tolerated.

He has also asked parents to speak to their children and encourage them not to attend such gatherings

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Chief Supt Wilson said: “We are aware of a number of pop-up events, or raves, potentially being planned to take place across the Force area this weekend.

“These are not official events, they do not have the proper licences, insurance or security required to qualify as safe, well-managed and legal gatherings.

“We are aware of a number of proposed locations for these impromptu events and we will be increasing our patrols and officer presence in these areas.

“Our message to anyone planning on turning up is simple – don’t.

“Meanwhile, we would also ask all parents to be mindful of where their children are this weekend.

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“It is believed some parents dropped their children off on Wednesday night at Gallagher Park, likely under the illusion it was an official and properly organised event. It was not and as a result, police were called and number of serious offences reported.”

Anyone with any information about the events is asked to contact police via their website’s ‘Tell us Something’ function, or by calling 101.