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Warning to landowners over illegal "gatherings"

 
Created on 24/06/2018 @ 12:16
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Farmers and landowners in Montgomeryshire are being urged to be vigilant as police believe illegal raves and “gatherings” could be being organised.

Over the years there have been a number of such events attracting hundreds of people to day and night long raves.

“Gatherings – such as illegal raves – can cause considerable anxiety to the community and if they are not dealt with swiftly, they are difficult to stop or otherwise control, due often to the sheer numbers of persons involved and the safety aspects surrounding breaking up such an event,” said a police spokesperson.
 
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 unusual numbers 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.
  
Please contact Police on 101 with reports on any suspicious activity.

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