Farmers and landowners urged to be wary of New Year’s Eve illegal rave threat

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CLA East are urging farmers and landowners to remain vigilant to the possibility of unlicensed musical events (raves) being organised on their land on New Year’s Eve.

It is advising its members to reduce the risk of any illegal activity occurring in empty and remote buildings by ensuring they are secure and regularly monitored; that access to land is restricted wherever possible by the use of locked gates; that any unusual activity around buildings or land is reported to the police; and that if they have employees to ensure they are made aware of the need to report any unusual activity.

Any suspicious activity around open land or disused buildings should be reported to the Police. This includes:

• any information that an illegal rave is taking place;

• any sightings of vans, lorries or large numbers of vehicles gathering near woods, rural car parks or near to disused buildings/warehouse;

• sightings of fliers advertising raves; and

• broken padlocks on access gates to areas where a rave may take place.

CLA East director Nicola Currie said: “Illegal raves cause a great deal of disruption to local communities, with the resulting mess causing considerable harm to both wildlife and the environment.

“These illegal gatherings can also create unnecessary problems for landowners, who could fall victim to considerable clean-up costs and expensive repairs to outbuildings.

“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.

“Officers find it much harder to shut down a rave once it has already started so if you spot anyone suspicious who may be conducting early reconnaissance on rural land, or even starting to set up an event, then please report any such activity on the non-emergency number of 101 as soon as possible.”