Farmers and landowners are being urged to remain vigilant and to reduce the risk of illegal raves being organised on their land this New Year’s Eve.
CLA East has issued warnings of the possibility of unlicensed musical events around this time of year, and has advised members to ensure empty and remote buildings are secure and regularly monitored to prevent illegal activity.
Regional 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.”
Landowners should make sure 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 employees report any unusual activity.
Any sightings of vans, lorries or large numbers of vehicles in rural areas of woods should be reported, as well as broken padlocks on access gates, as well as information or fliers advertising raves.