Catford all night raves on residential street drive neighbours crazy

Brookdale Road where the raves have happened

More parties are planned

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A SERIES of all-night raves lasting up to 16 hours in a Catford residential street are driving the neighbours crazy.

Bug-eyed, boozing revellers at a house in Brookdale Road have been puffing drugs, urinating on cars and dancing until 3.30pm the next afternoon, while one neighbour who tried to intervene had her sunglasses knocked from her face and stomped into the pavement.

But despite calls from rattled and sleep-deprived residents about the problems - which started last summer - they say Lewisham Council officers have failed to stop the music and police cars have just driven on by.

In the most recent event, which happened over the May bank holiday, neighbours reported more than 300 people turning up in cars, spilling out into the street outside, openly rolling up marijuana joints, drinking and grinding up against each other.

Jo Ford, 56, said: "It starts just before midnight, all the windows are open there and all you can hear is boom, boom, boom. So many DJs come and go during the night.

"You can see the people standing outside with their eyes popping out of their heads, rolling up drugs or god knows what."

She added: "As I opened up the curtains one morning they were outside, peeing on the back of my car.

"God knows what goes on because they use every room.

"When it died down again at the weekend it was like heaven."

Arranged by flyer beforehand, residents say guests are charged upwards of £10 to get in, a bouncer is put on the door, and cars pull up all night delivering supplies for the raves.

Leslie Keener, 76, said: "The sound system they've got is meant for a hall not a house.

"But what can you do? They seem to get away with it."

The house, which has a sold sign outside, has been used for parties - billed as birthday celebrations or wakes - three times since late last year, residents claim.

Pedal Tafri, 60, said the music was so loud his house vibrated. He said: "The amount of people can't be contained in the house and spread all down the road. You couldn't sleep at all.

"They know about the elderly people living here. They know that and they continue to do it."

Neighbours said Lewisham Council officers turned up early during the last party but, shortly after they left, the music just started again.

Meanwhile, discarded flyers in the road advertised a further rave called Maureen Millionz Birthday Party and organised at a secret south London location by 'champagne popping brandy rocking Brother & Sister Promotions'.

A Lewisham Council spokesman said: “We attended the address on May 5 following a complaint of loud music. The resident was told to turn down the music which she subsequently did.

“On May 9 we wrote to the resident informing them of our noise policy and that if we get any more complaints about noise then we will take further appropriate action as needed.”

A spokeswoman for Lewisham police said: “We are aware of a number of complaints that have been made by residents regarding this address and it is being investigated along with our partners at Lewisham Council.”

Inspector Daren Donoghue of Safer Neighbourhoods Lewisham said: "We take a robust stance to dealing with any unlicensed event.

“Illegal gatherings cause a great deal of disruption and distress to local communities and often result in damage being caused to property and land. Anyone considering holding such an event should reconsider their intentions carefully."

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5:00pm Mon 13 May 13

reasonable75 says...

“Illegal gatherings cause a great deal of disruption and distress to local communities and often result in damage being caused to property and land. Anyone considering holding such an event should reconsider their intentions carefully."

So what have they actually done?
“Illegal gatherings cause a great deal of disruption and distress to local communities and often result in damage being caused to property and land. Anyone considering holding such an event should reconsider their intentions carefully." So what have they actually done? reasonable75
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8:40pm Mon 13 May 13

FreddyF says...

There were no problems before people starting taking alcohol to raves.
There were no problems before people starting taking alcohol to raves. FreddyF
  • Score: 0

7:07am Thu 16 May 13

The Original Ranter says...

When one reads reports like this, containing the modern ploddlygook responses from 'officers' like Insp Donogue, one can physically feel the blood pressure increasing alarmingly. What on earth do the police need to enter into a load of 'partnership' drivel with the council for? These incidents are not 'raves' or 'unlicensed events', they are anti-social and disorderly house parties which, because the police have failed to act promptly, firmly and regularly; have begun to spiral out of control. They're nothing new and have long been held by that particular demographic - they just used to get stamped on more quickly in the past. Those responsible realise that there are no real consequences to their activities so have carried on. With the police failing to deal with the low level crimes early on the local community now has a real problem. Insp Donogue, stop the pointless & time wasting partnership meetings and arrange some regular patrols: stop and search people leaving the premises, target vehicles and their drivers suspected of attending the place, cube the cars, drink drive, drug possession, offensive weapons arrests, you have the powers...USE THEM! The environmental health office, with police, can enter and seize the equipment - yes it will be resource intensive these days but it will have to be done eventually. The message will get through. You will then have enough stats to give to the council for them to their bit. Insp Donogue, for you to describe your response as 'robust' is very disingenuous; it is the last thing it is.
When one reads reports like this, containing the modern ploddlygook responses from 'officers' like Insp Donogue, one can physically feel the blood pressure increasing alarmingly. What on earth do the police need to enter into a load of 'partnership' drivel with the council for? These incidents are not 'raves' or 'unlicensed events', they are anti-social and disorderly house parties which, because the police have failed to act promptly, firmly and regularly; have begun to spiral out of control. They're nothing new and have long been held by that particular demographic - they just used to get stamped on more quickly in the past. Those responsible realise that there are no real consequences to their activities so have carried on. With the police failing to deal with the low level crimes early on the local community now has a real problem. Insp Donogue, stop the pointless & time wasting partnership meetings and arrange some regular patrols: stop and search people leaving the premises, target vehicles and their drivers suspected of attending the place, cube the cars, drink drive, drug possession, offensive weapons arrests, you have the powers...USE THEM! The environmental health office, with police, can enter and seize the equipment - yes it will be resource intensive these days but it will have to be done eventually. The message will get through. You will then have enough stats to give to the council for them to their bit. Insp Donogue, for you to describe your response as 'robust' is very disingenuous; it is the last thing it is. The Original Ranter
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10:25pm Thu 16 May 13

Bloobloo says...

What a load of inaccurate codswallop! These parties are frequented by mature individuals who simply enjoy a night out. There are no crimes being committed and the tone of this article is simply ludicrous. Terms such as "bug eyed boozing revellers" are downright offensive.

Is this the Sun now? Is the News Shopper into sensationalism?

The so called neighbour who allegedly tried to intervene and had her glasses destroyed, persistently tried to provoke those in the vicinity. She made racist comments, tried her very best to antagonise those outside by poking, pushing and knocking things over and was studiously ignored despite her efforts.

Any requests from neighbours were respectfully acknowledged and music turned down if so asked. "The original ranter" (the name says it all) proposes wasting valuable police resources stopping and searching party goers for what purpose? There is no damage to property, no violence and no low level crime being committed.

The police are better served on the streets preventing and dealing with real crime rather than targeting mature adults on a night out. Offensive weapons, you wish!!

Eyes popping out of their heads? I have never read such a load of inaccurate rubbish since I once looked at the Daily Sport!

Sort it out News Shopper, I normally rely on you for accurate local news, however this is disappointing, sensationalist and offensive.
What a load of inaccurate codswallop! These parties are frequented by mature individuals who simply enjoy a night out. There are no crimes being committed and the tone of this article is simply ludicrous. Terms such as "bug eyed boozing revellers" are downright offensive. Is this the Sun now? Is the News Shopper into sensationalism? The so called neighbour who allegedly tried to intervene and had her glasses destroyed, persistently tried to provoke those in the vicinity. She made racist comments, tried her very best to antagonise those outside by poking, pushing and knocking things over and was studiously ignored despite her efforts. Any requests from neighbours were respectfully acknowledged and music turned down if so asked. "The original ranter" (the name says it all) proposes wasting valuable police resources stopping and searching party goers for what purpose? There is no damage to property, no violence and no low level crime being committed. The police are better served on the streets preventing and dealing with real crime rather than targeting mature adults on a night out. Offensive weapons, you wish!! Eyes popping out of their heads? I have never read such a load of inaccurate rubbish since I once looked at the Daily Sport! Sort it out News Shopper, I normally rely on you for accurate local news, however this is disappointing, sensationalist and offensive. Bloobloo
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3:05pm Sat 18 May 13

mouthalmighty says...

Some of the comments s in the article and readers are like something out of the ark. From the comments made I can only assume that the party goers were of colour, and that the perpetrators of unjust and aggressive behaviour were white. This is 2013 not 1963. I thought we had moved on from this kind of attitude and resentment.
Some of the comments s in the article and readers are like something out of the ark. From the comments made I can only assume that the party goers were of colour, and that the perpetrators of unjust and aggressive behaviour were white. This is 2013 not 1963. I thought we had moved on from this kind of attitude and resentment. mouthalmighty
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7:08pm Sat 18 May 13

tumblesocs says...

I also am sick and tired of this sort of anti.social behaviour,people have no concideration for others,not everyone wants to listen to your loud music and the noise of many people gathering,if you want a party hire a venue which is suitable for the noise and amount of people attending,too many people think they have a right to blast their music out,you do not,the police should step in right away,i really feel for these neibours.
I also am sick and tired of this sort of anti.social behaviour,people have no concideration for others,not everyone wants to listen to your loud music and the noise of many people gathering,if you want a party hire a venue which is suitable for the noise and amount of people attending,too many people think they have a right to blast their music out,you do not,the police should step in right away,i really feel for these neibours. tumblesocs
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7:36pm Sat 18 May 13

cornflakegirl says...

It sounds like this isn't a race thing. It is a people not being considerate of others thing.
If you want to host a club night, you should find an appropriate venue. Holding a party like this in a residential area is an awful, selfish thing to do.
Just think of all those poor people just trying to sleep in their own beds and not being able to because of the noise. It must have been torture, no wonder they were so angry.
If it was just a one off house party, I very much doubt it would have been reported in the local press, even if they were having a very slow day.
I think that the only people this article is offensive to is ravers, at least they find fields or disused warehouses to hold raves in!
It sounds like this isn't a race thing. It is a people not being considerate of others thing. If you want to host a club night, you should find an appropriate venue. Holding a party like this in a residential area is an awful, selfish thing to do. Just think of all those poor people just trying to sleep in their own beds and not being able to because of the noise. It must have been torture, no wonder they were so angry. If it was just a one off house party, I very much doubt it would have been reported in the local press, even if they were having a very slow day. I think that the only people this article is offensive to is ravers, at least they find fields or disused warehouses to hold raves in! cornflakegirl
  • Score: 1

7:36pm Sat 18 May 13

cornflakegirl says...

It sounds like this isn't a race thing. It is a people not being considerate of others thing.
If you want to host a club night, you should find an appropriate venue. Holding a party like this in a residential area is an awful, selfish thing to do.
Just think of all those poor people just trying to sleep in their own beds and not being able to because of the noise. It must have been torture, no wonder they were so angry.
If it was just a one off house party, I very much doubt it would have been reported in the local press, even if they were having a very slow day.
I think that the only people this article is offensive to is ravers, at least they find fields or disused warehouses to hold raves in!
It sounds like this isn't a race thing. It is a people not being considerate of others thing. If you want to host a club night, you should find an appropriate venue. Holding a party like this in a residential area is an awful, selfish thing to do. Just think of all those poor people just trying to sleep in their own beds and not being able to because of the noise. It must have been torture, no wonder they were so angry. If it was just a one off house party, I very much doubt it would have been reported in the local press, even if they were having a very slow day. I think that the only people this article is offensive to is ravers, at least they find fields or disused warehouses to hold raves in! cornflakegirl
  • Score: 0

11:36pm Sat 18 May 13

dag says...

This happened time and again in a flat above the shops in Bromley High Street. People were actually living next door. Tickets were being sold and the events were advertised on Facebook etc. Eventually after about a year of harrassment the police stepped in and the squatters were evicted. These are generally not just people enjoying an occasional party. I suspect this guy may now live in Catford as he has done the same thing before time and again.
This happened time and again in a flat above the shops in Bromley High Street. People were actually living next door. Tickets were being sold and the events were advertised on Facebook etc. Eventually after about a year of harrassment the police stepped in and the squatters were evicted. These are generally not just people enjoying an occasional party. I suspect this guy may now live in Catford as he has done the same thing before time and again. dag
  • Score: 1

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