CLA East are urging farmers and landowners in Lincolnshire to remain vigilant in order to combat the threat of unlicensed musical events being organised on their land.
The CLA is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales.
The warning from the organisation follows the discovery of three raves by Police in Lincolnshire (Martin, Blankney and Bourne) over the last three weeks.
The CLA 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 or warehouses; sightings of fliers advertising raves; and broken padlocks on access gates to areas where a rave may take place.
CLA Eastern Regional Director Nicola Currie said: “Illegal raves and the resulting anti-social behaviour cause a great deal of disruption to local communities.
“These illegal gatherings can create unnecessary problems for landowners, who could fall victim to considerable clean-up costs and expensive repairs to outbuildings.
The mess left behind also causes considerable harm to both wildlife and the environment.
“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.”
As a membership organisation, the CLA supports landowners by advising them on how best to protect and maximise their asset: the land.
A spokespersom for the CLA said: “we are dedicated to supporting landowners and their businesses. Our success is measured by how effectively we do that. We have a team of experts in London and a regional structure able to give local support”.
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