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Police tackle new wave of raves as clubs close

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THE illegal raves that became notorious during the 1990s are making a comeback as nightclubs shut down and drink prices soar.

More than 130 of the unlicensed gatherings were reported to police in London alone last year, a rise from 70 in 2016, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

It comes after roughly half the capital’s dance venues closed in the last decade. Sankeys in Manchester — forced out when its building was sold to developers — is among others to have shut.

Higher student tuition fees and airport-style entry checks at clubs are thought to be fuelling illegal events where booze is cheap and security lax. Kate Nicholls, of UK Hospitality, said: ‘If nightclubs are being forced to close or increase their prices then customers will naturally gravitate towards the alternatives that come in the form of illegal raves.’