Partygoers travel from Essex to attend illegal rave in Wales

Essex revellers travelled all the way to Wales to attend an illegal rave that resulted in clashes with police.

The rave took place in a Welsh forest over the bank holiday weekend and was attended by hundreds of people, some of whom travelled from as far away as Essex and London.

Officers were tipped off about the event by local residents who saw traffic travelling to the site, in the Grwyne Fawr area north of Crickhowell in Powys, on Saturday, according to WalesOnline.

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When officers arrived they found more than 100 vehicles parked in the woodland and continued to see more people arrive. It is thought that around 500 people attended the rave, with between 200 and 300 still there late on Sunday morning.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, Police were granted an authority under Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which allowed officers to set up vehicle checkpoints within five miles of the scene.

Due to the lack of light, resourcing and an absence of radio signal in the area, officers were forced to adopt a policy of “containment” and attempted to “[disrupt] any further vehicles and people entering”.

Dyfed-Powys Police then issued a “leave land” notice to those present on Sunday morning, ordering those attending the illegal gathering to leave the area.

At this point, the police claim some of the ravers became hostile, directing abuse and threats towards officers.

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The partygoers were then told to turn off the music and leave the site and threatened with a £2,500 fine and up to three months in prison.

Most of the attendees then left.

Inspector Gwyndaf Bowen from Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Some of those that came to the rave were from as far afield as Essex and London.

“Social media was used to disclose the location at the last possible minute in order to prevent law enforcement taking preventative measures.

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“We are very grateful to local residents for quickly reporting their concerns and allowing officers to take a practical approach to dealing with it. I thank local Breconshire officers for working significant hours in order to keep the area safe and end the unlawful gathering in a timely and peaceful manner.

“Officers reported there was no sanitary provision at the site and a large amount of litter was evident at the scene. Police received reports of obstructed roads which hindered police and residents’ movements.”

During the rave, damage was caused to forestry banners and farmers’ fields and gates.

Police recovered three vehicles and their owners were reported for unnecessary obstruction of the highway. Officers also seized drugs from a number of cars as they left the Welsh valley.

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