Farmers in South Wales are being advised to be vigilant in the run up to the August Bank Holiday after a number of summer festivals have been cancelled leading to fears that farmland could be a target for illegal raves.
After 2500 people gathered for a rave on farmland in Pembrokeshire earlier this year, county NFU Cymru chairman, Mike McNamara, said farmers should do everything they could to make land unattractive to ravers. He suggested that rural Wales could be a prime target for illegal raves. During the recession, several festivals have been cancelled and there were worries that people would look for alternative venues.
Mr McNamara went on to say that illegal events in the past has involved a large number of people occupying land without piped water or toilet facilities and the use of very loud music equipment. He added that once the party is over the site is ofen left shrewn with little, broken glass, used needles and human waste.