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Police chiefs say the latest arrest in connection with illegal raves shows they will take action on those planning gatherings.

A 28-year-old man from Smethwick is being questioned after being arrested on suspicion of conspiring to cause a public nuisance. He remains in custody for questioning.

Illegal raves have been held in recent weeks in woodland in Lichfield and at Chasewater in Burntwood.

Chief Superintendent Carl Ratcliffe, from Staffordshire Police, said:

“The three arrests this weekend hopefully demonstrate that we will take action against those suspected of illegal activity.

“These events are also in clear breach of the current coronavirus regulations and put everyone at risk.

“The key to stopping these events is early intelligence. We’re calling on the public to help us – if you have any intelligence or hear about an event taking place, please get in touch with us so we can prevent it and ultimately save lives.”

A 24-year-old man arrested earlier on suspicion of the same offence has since been released on conditional bail with a curfew imposed.

Anyone with information on illegal gatherings can call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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