The news site shared tips of questionable helpfulness in preparation for the bank holiday weekend.
In a news story about a recent Gwent Police statement, ITV offered some advice for identifying an illegal rave. Some suggestions seemed fairly obvious, such as "posters or messages on social media advertising a rave," "sound equipment and marquees or tents being set up," and "loud music and sound checks in locations where this would not be expected."
Then it shifted into presumptive territory: "locks and chains on fields and private land being cut or tampered with"; "unusual traffic activity—i.e. large convoys of cars on quieter/rural roads"; "power generators being hired and bought onto land/rural locations." And apologies to anyone not quite on top of their lawn maintenance, because "flattened or disturbed hedgerows" is also on the list.
This extremely with-it warning comes as South Wales police are preparing for illegal raves to pop up over the bank holiday weekend, when, apparently, "antisocial behaviour generally increases." Plans to hold a party at a Victorian house Bedwellty House were denied by the local council this week.
Authorities across the UK are on alert for unlicensed parties. In London, the number of illegal raves almost doubled in 2017 from 2016, jumping to 133 from 70. Last month, police raided an illegal rave in an abandoned Toys R Us in Hounslow, West London. Five people were arrested.
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