SENIOR leaders from Dyfed-Powys Police and the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner have outlined their commitment to rural communities, following an illegal gathering at Brechfa forestry over the bank holiday weekend.
Chief Superintendent of Uniformed Policing, Vicki Evans, said: “Dyfed-Powys Police is committed to working with communities to ensure our residents can live without the fear and anxiety caused by illegal raves and gatherings.
“In the coming days we will be working with the Brechfa community, and local partners, to provide reassurance about the actions of the force, and discuss how we can prevent such events in the future.
“Tomorrow (Thursday, May 31), Chief Constable Mark Collins, along with local officers and Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, is visiting the Brechfa site to better understand the impact of the weekend’s illegal event.
“After, he will attend a meeting with the community to hear their concerns and feedback. A follow-up meeting is also being arranged, to give feedback on actions which come from tomorrow’s meeting.
“In addition, we will be working with land owners and residents in key locations across the force to ensure our beautiful area is a hostile environment for those who attempt to disrupt our communities’ lives in this way.”
Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, has arranged the meeting for Brechfa residents, which is being held at the Church Hall, Brechfa, at 5.30pm tomorrow (Thursday, 31 May 2018).
He commented: “I am acutely aware of the impact that such illegal gatherings have on our local rural communities. It is unfair that residents are made to feel anxious and uncomfortable in their own homes.
“Tomorrow I will travel to the Brechfa site to assess the local impact and hear first-hand the experiences of local residents. I hope to discuss how we can work together to stop this happening again in the future.
“I have received assurance from the Chief Constable that officers were immediately deployed to prioritise stopping further entry of people to the area, and I am sympathetic to those officers, who were vastly outnumbered by revellers.
“Moving forward, working on prevention with rural communities and partners is key – this includes working out how areas can be made inhospitable to illegal gatherings, while remaining attractive beauty spots.”
Chief Supt. Evans continued: “These types of illegal events are carefully co-ordinated to avoid police attention; however Dyfed-Powys Police will continue to respond swiftly to reports of illegal gatherings, and where appropriate will prosecute those responsible in order to protect our communities.
“We are grateful to the Brechfa community for their patience and support in the aftermath of this disruptive incident.”