Partygoers have been told to avoid a planned rave this weekend in Cumbria.
Police are appealing to those who are organising or thinking of attending illegal raves this weekend to think about the potential dangers they are putting themselves and others in.
The message comes after Cumbria Police received information that an illegal rave is planned to take place this weekend in the county.
The force has concerns that people attending these unregulated events are at a ‘real risk of danger’, whether that be from injuries caused by fights or overcrowding, especially when emergency services are potentially a long distance away from the remote locations where these events are typically hosted.
Another concern is the possibility for drugs mixed with dangerous substances to be taken, which again is a serious and potentially life-threatening risk that we would urge people to take into consideration.
Police have also warned any organisers of these events that they could face fines of up to £10,000 for hosting raves or other illegal gatherings outdoors of more than 50 people, as well as the risk that you are creating for all those who attend.
Chief Superintendent Sarah Jackson, Cumbria Constabulary, said: “Whilst we want people to have a good time, this needs to be done in a socially responsible way and in accordance with the law.
“To those organising these sorts of events, I strongly advise you seriously consider the risks you’re creating for everyone attending and the impact they can have on the wider community.
“Unlicensed events do not have the basic necessary security measures in place to make sure people are safe and this risk only increases when gatherings are not properly managed in a way that prevents the spread of the virus.
“When planning an event or gathering please consult the regulations, and seek advice from the relevant local authority to ensure what you are planning is lawful.
“Anyone involved in organising or attending an event like this will be committing offences and officers will enforce with penalties if necessary.”
A force spokesman added: “If you have any information about a planned illegal rave or unlicensed music event, or about one which is currently taking place, please call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
“You can also report information online at www.cumbria.police.uk/reportit.”