Warning over illegal rave threat


Farmers and landowners are being warned by police to be wary of raves being organised on their land.

The police are also asking members of the public to be alert to any possible rave-related activity which could include:

>The removal of locks from secured access points

> Vehicles, particularly panel vans, driving off-road

> Groups of vehicles congregating in rural areas

> Convoys of vehicles

> Loud music from remote woodland

Insp James Davies from the Aylesbury Vale neighbourhood team said: “We will take a robust line with illegal rave activity. Anyone considering holding or attending this type of event should reconsider their intentions carefully.

“Raves have a big impact on our rural communities, damaging crops, disrupting livestock and creating a noise nuisance.

“Not only this, but these unlicensed events pose significant safety concerns for those attending.

“As a result, Aylesbury Vale Local Police Area will always seek to disrupt events and prosecute the organisers.

“If you spot anyone suspicious who may be conducting early reconnaissance on rural land or even starting to set up an event, please report it on the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number, 101, as soon as possible.

“By receiving early warnings, Thames Valley Police has a much better chance of disrupting the rave and dispersing those responsible for its organisation.”

Regional director of The Country Land and Business Association 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.”