A WARNING has come from police for landowners to make sure they are secure from illegal raves as temperatures rise.

Officers in West Berkshire put out the plea for people saying that open areas of land are at risk of unlicensed music events during summer months.

It called for residents to watch out for an increase of vehicles, or convoys nearby their land which could also be a target for an illegal encampment.

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The force said lockdown is an ideal opportunity for landowners and rural businesses to review their security - whilst still complying with Government guidelines on Covid-19:

It said:

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 meters (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

It added: "Both unlicensed music events and unauthorised encampments often require vehicle access onto the land in the initial stages.

"Securing recognised access points, securing boundaries to fields or land will make it much harder for vehicles to enter and delay or prevent such incidents."

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Officers urged landowners to contact police immediately if you suspect an unlicensed music event or unauthorised encampment is in progress.