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Raves cause ‘considerable anxiety’ and ‘create mess’ say police

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POLICE are urging members of the public from across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys to help them prevent illegal raves from setting up in their communities.

As part of the operation, called #OpFlamenco, people living in rural communities, including farmers and landowners, are being asked to report anything suspicious to Dyfed-Powys Police.

The information would help police respond swiftly as illegal raves arise and hopefully prevent them from happening or at the very least allow police to respond before they become established.

Cop cordon: Police stop ravers near a party (Pic: D Harries/Herald)

Superintendent Craig Templeton, Head of Specialist Operations for Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “Raves can cause anxiety to the community they are held in, and if not dealt with swiftly are difficult to stop due to the sheer numbers of people involved. There is also a safety concern involved in breaking-up such events.

“As a force, action is taken as soon as we gather any intelligence of an event being planned. We will continue to respond swiftly to reports of illegal gatherings, and where appropriate will prosecute those responsible in order to protect our communities.

“However, these types of illegal events are carefully co-ordinated to avoid police attention, and organisers will always try to find new ways to avoid being found out.

“We rely on the support of communities to report any suspicious activity immediately, so action can be taken to disrupt illegal gatherings swiftly.

Seize Mik sound rig at the rave (Pic: Herald)

“I would encourage farmers, landowners and local communities to report anything they feel is suspicious or out of the ordinary by calling 101 or emailing contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk.”

Dai Rees, Land Management Team Leader from Natural Resources Wales said: “Last year’s illegal rave at Brechfa Forest not only caused distress to local people but also required considerable time and money to clean up afterwards.

“We’ve since taken measures to try and prevent this from happening again, by installing lockable barriers at several access points into the forest. We’re also increasing our visits to the forest in the lead up to weekends, making it harder for people to set these raves up.

“We continue to work closely with Dyfed Powys Police and the local community to stop illegal raves from taking place in our forestry. We strongly urge anyone who is concerned about any suspicious activity in their local forest to report it to the Police using the 101 number, or 999 if it’s an emergency.”

Know the signs: There are certain types of suspicious behaviour that are worth being aware of. If you see or experience any of these please call us on 101.

· Unusual numbers of vehicles, especially camper vans, vans or trucks, seen in the locality.
· Illegal trespassers may recce sites in advance of any rave
· People may approach landowners and ask around for land, in the guise of hiring it for acceptable activities such as gymkhanas or scout camps.
· If you suspect anyone who approaches you for land hire might not be who they say they are, please do not hesitate to contact police.
· Social networks make it easier for organisers to spread the word – rave attendance numbers can grow hugely in short spaces of time, and locations can change quickly.

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Irish customs checking ferry traffic between Wales and Ireland from today

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IRISH customs officers are from today (Apr 5) checking ferry traffic between Wales and Ireland.

It’s the first time the customs checks have been in place since 1992.

Customs officers have been recruited by the Irish Government to cope with Brexit and will be deployed in Dublin Port and Rosslare Harbour, the Herald understands.

They won’t be carrying out checks just yet on vehicles arriving from Fishguard and Pembroke Dock, but they will be warning lorry drivers about the paperwork they could be expected to produce in just eight days’ time.

The Irish Government released a full statement on the announcement to The Pembrokeshire Herald, saying: “From Friday 5 April, customs officers will be talking with, and providing information to, truck drivers in Dublin and Rosslare Ports to ensure they understand and are aware of the changes that Brexit will mean for their journeys.
“In a no deal scenario, the UK will become a ‘third country’ for trading purposes. This will mean that new rules will apply for businesses importing, exporting to or moving goods through the UK.

It is important that businesses undertake the necessary preparations to comply with these rules, for instance, incomplete or inaccurate information in relation to customs declarations and procedures will lead to delays with knock on impacts for your business.”

Customs officers will be talking with truck drivers as they wait to embark the ferry and will also be available on-board some sailings.

Customs officers are available to help drivers who may have concerns or questions about what they need to do post Brexit, and to help them understand what the changes will be for them as they move through Irish ports.

Although the UK Government is hoping to delay Brexit until May 22, if not later, that depends on the unanimous agreement of the 27 other EU member states at a special summit next Wednesday evening.

Otherwise there will be a no deal Brexit in one week, at 11:00pm on Friday 12 April.

Everything now depends on the outcome of the latest round of talks. Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are due to meet. The talks are aimed at reaching a last-minute compromise to put to MPs.

If they finally accept the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by the Prime Minister, unrestricted trade between Britain, Ireland and other EU countries would continue until at least the end of 2020.

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