Landowners warned to stay vigilant against illegal raves

Landowners warned to stay vigilant against illegal raves

Staff reporter

Landowners are being warned to stay vigilant against illegal raves taking place on their land.

Thames Valley Police are urging farmers and other land owners to keep their eyes peeled for signs of 'rave-activity' during the bank holiday weekend.

Assistant Superintendent Jim O’Ryan said: “Thames Valley Police will take a robust line with illegal rave activity. Anyone considering holding or attending this type of event should reconsider their intentions carefully.

“We urge owners of land or buildings to take steps to prevent raves taking place there.”

Signs of unlicensed musical events could include:

  • The removal of locks from secured access points
  • Vehicles, particularly panel vans or larger, driving off-road
  • Groups of vehicles congregating in rural areas
  • Convoys of vehicles
  • Loud music from remote woodland

Legitimate organisers of events have to apply for a Public Entertainment Licence to hold musical parties both indoors and outdoors.

The granting of this licence, through an application to the local council, follows consultation with the local police and fire service.

The licensing process ensures that the impact to the local community is taken into account with conditions being imposed if required.It also ensures the safety of those attending the event.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) regional director, Robin Edwards, said: “We urge farmers and landowners to help the police by reporting any suspicious activity, as early intervention and good local intelligence can prevent these illegal events and organisers can be dealt with appropriately.

"Raves cause a great deal of disruption to local communities and often result in damage being caused to property and land.

"Thames Valley Police’s proactive approach to reducing raves is very welcome as landowners can fall victim, bearing the considerable clean-up costs incurred."

Call 101 with information.

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