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Welshpool area on rave alert

Created on 27/06/2018 @ 09:34
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Local residents, particularly land owners, are being told to be vigilant as rave organisers are believed to be running the rule over the Welshpool area to hold illegal raves this summer.

With the summer set to be a scorcher, outdoor raves are popular and our rural area is seen as ideal for party planners to come in under the radar to set up an illegal bash.

They can be attended by thousands of people from across the UK and the mess left behind can be devastating.

So the police are working with farmers and other land owners to stay alert.

Superintendent Robyn Mason said: “There is little doubt that these type of events are very well planned, organised and that local knowledge is important in drawing down the main group to a particular ‘vulnerable’ field, or area of land which has been targeted previously as a suitable venue.

“Farmers, landowners and local communities are encouraged to report any suspicious activity immediately to the Police; this may be an unusual number of vehicles, especially camper vans, vans or trucks in the locality, illegal trespassers who may be doing ‘recce’ of sites in advance of the event.

“I can assure local communities that Police will take the appropriate action to deter illegal gatherings and deal robustly with any criminal offences discovered or disclosed.”

Members of the public are also urged to be vigilant of persons who approach landowners or enquiring for land, in the guise of hiring for apparently acceptable activities such as gymkhanas and scouts/guides events.

Contact Police on 101 with reports on any suspicious activity.

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