Police stop Dovestone rave

Police say they have managed to stop a rave taking place at Dovestone reservoir this weekend.

Officers from the force’s new intelligence united identified an event they say was set to attract hundreds of revellers at the beauty spot.

Working with Oldham council and United Utilities, a number of access routes in the vicinity of the reservoir have been closed off to prevent the event from occurring. 

It’s a win for the forces new operation which was set up following similar raves in Daisy Nook park and in Carrington just a few weeks ago.

Chief Inspector Claire Galt said: “I’d like to thank the support of the public as we continue to investigate and prevent these gatherings.

“Such events are illegal; their organisers irresponsible and events like this have in the past been linked to serious violent disorder and drugs use.

“Unfortunately, due to the selfish actions of those who sought to stage this event, the people of Oldham will see several access points in the Dovestones  area cordoned off this weekend.

“However, it is for everyone’s safety that we have taken today’s positive action and I’d like to thank the public for their patience.”

Anyone with information on planned illegal events is urged to contact police on 101.  Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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