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Police issue warning of illegal raves over bank holiday weekend

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Extra measures are being put in place to stop unlicensed and illegal raves taking place in South Wales this bank holiday weekend.

Gwent Police said such events have become easy to organise through social media and can often cause large-scale disorder, criminal damage with substance misuse taking place.

Officers are asking people to be aware of the signs of an illegal event taking place in their area ahead of the May bank holiday weekend. Such signs include posters on social networking sites, security on fields being tampered with and unusual volumes of traffic.

They can usually turn anti-social with large-scale disorder, criminal damage and substance misuse taking place.

Organising an unlicensed event, such as an illegal rave, is an offence and although we do not want to stop anyone enjoying themselves - we will take robust action and do have the powers to seize equipment.

We are aware that social networking has made it easier for organisers to spread the word of events and numbers attending could quickly grow.

It is vital that we obtain information and intelligence at the earliest opportunity. Timely information about suspicious activity or plans to hold an illegal rave enables us plan ahead and take swift effective action.

– Gwent Police

Signs to look out for:

  • Posters or messages on social media advertising a rave
  • Locks and chains on fields and private land being cut or tampered with
  • Unusual traffic activity - i.e. large convoys of cars on quieter/rural roads
  • Sound equipment and marquees or tents being set up
  • Power generators being hired and bought onto land/rural locations
  • Flattened or disturbed hedgerows
  • Loud music and sound checks in locations where this would not be expected