Raves don’t necessarily mean destruction of property, criminal behavior, incompetent and high young people, but it looks like that’s the only way the police sees it…
After they rushed to stop another illegal rave in St Albans, UK last weekend, where hundreds of people gathered, St Albans police are laying down the law to anyone considering throwing illegal raves held in the area.
The Hertfordshire city witnessed two illegal raves over the past couple weekends and Chief Inspector Shane O’Neill has said enough is enough.
“Let me be clear, we will do everything in our power to put a stop to any unplanned raves and prosecute organisers and attendees who are breaking the law through anti-social behaviour, criminal damage or possession of drugs.”
But in the words of ravers, situation appears really different.
A 24-year-old man who attended the rave said it was a well-organised, “peaceful”, and safe gathering: “It was a really good vibe, the promoters had covered everything – they had plenty of water and a trained first aider, plus security.”
He said the majority of people attending were old-enough to drink alcohol legally, with only a few people older than 28. Although there were “definitely a few people on drugs”, there were “no major issues” and music could only be heard “directly outside the building”, he said for hertsad.co.uk.
Britain has a history with illegal raves, they emerged there in late 80s and early 90s and as a part of modern subculture, we believe raves should get more recognition, especially when there is no damage done.