Notorious rave spots in Devon to get police patrols over bank holiday weekend

Devon and Cornwall Police has issued a warning to farmers and landowners of possible raves this bank holiday weekend
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Police officers will patrol potential rave sites this bank holiday weekend following reports of a mass gathering in Totnes. Devon and Cornwall Police say raves and unlicensed music events (UMEs) are more frequent during bank holiday weekend and officers are working with farmers and landowners to secure rave sites and make them unattractive to organisers.

The warning comes amid rumours of mass gatherings of young people in Totnes and Teignmouth which is said to take place tonight (May 24). One local school has warned that teenagers from as far as Bristol could attend the event in Totnes, which is thought to have been organised on Snapchat under a codename 'M'.

"We know the misery raves can cause to the local communities with loud music keeping people awake for hours on end, and businesses impacted too," a Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said. They added that unlicensed music events like raves can have a significant impact on livestock and wildlife, and can leave land badly damaged.

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Devon and Cornwall Police are encouraging local communities, including land owners and farmers, to take proactive measures to make their land unappealing to ravers. These measures can be as simple as ensuring padlocks on gateways are serviceable, broken fences or open gateways are closed and any buildings are properly secured.

Communities are also encouraged to report the following, which may indicate an unlicenced music event is taking place:

  • An unusual increase in road traffic in rural areas

  • Social media activity advertising the rave and its location

  • Vehicles carrying sound equipment

  • Large gatherings of people in unusual areas late at night (e.g. farmland, open countryside or abandoned buildings)

A police spokesperson said: “Our aim is to deter organisers of unlicensed music events from choosing locations within Devon and Cornwall due to the noise and disruption they cause to both people and wildlife in the area.

“There is also an increased risk to the welfare of those attending with unknown substances often being distributed and crimes associated with consumption of drink or drugs, people driving under the influence and a lack of emergency or first aid provisions on site.”

Anyone who sees these signs is asked to report it to Devon and Cornwall Police on 101. If you see event organisers setting up equipment, call 999. People can also report, 100 percent anonymously, to the charity Crimestoppers either via their website or by calling 0800 555 111. More information can be found here on the Devon and Cornwall Police website.