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North Powys on illegal rave alert

 
Created on 01/08/2020 @ 07:13
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The local police force is concerned that a mass rave may be held in the area tonight, and is asking for your help to keep an eye open.

A police operation, called #OpFlamenco, is urging people living in our rural communities, including farmers and landowners, to report anything suspicious to Dyfed-Powys Police.

We are told that North Powys in particular needs to be on alert, and any information will help them to respond swiftly and prevent them from starting.

Superintendent Jon Cummins, Head of Specialist Operations for Dyfed-Powys Police, said:

“We know raves can cause anxiety to the community they are held in, and if not dealt with swiftly are difficult to stop due to the sheer numbers of people involved. There is also a safety concern involved in breaking-up such events.

“And as we’re currently faced with the pandemic, it is absolutely crucial that these types of gatherings do not take place. Gatherings outdoors, which include members of more than 2 households (or more than 2 extended households) are still illegal, and you can be fined or prosecuted for participating in such a gathering.

“As a force, action is taken as soon as we gather any intelligence of an event being planned. We will continue to respond swiftly to reports of illegal gatherings, and where appropriate will prosecute those responsible in order to protect our communities. Officers will also be conducting proactive patrols of areas identified as possible sites for these types of gatherings.

“However, these types of illegal events are carefully co-ordinated to avoid police attention, and organisers will always try to find new ways to avoid being found out.

“We rely on the support of communities to report any suspicious activity immediately, so action can be taken to disrupt illegal gatherings swiftly. And there has never been a more important time for us all to look out for each other, and report anything that seems suspicious. 

“I would encourage farmers, landowners and local communities to report anything they feel is suspicious or out of the ordinary either online at: http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, or by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101.”

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