POLICE have swooped on a ‘rave’, which got underway this weekend near a quiet Carmarthenshire village.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police were made aware of a large gathering at a remote location in Brechfa at approx 1.15am on Sunday May 27. Officers swiftly attended the area, where the gathering was well underway. The number of persons involved and the safety aspects surrounding breaking up the event meant that a decision was made to prioritise disrupting and stopping entry of any further vehicles and people.

“A police presence is being maintained today and the gathering is being closely monitored continuously, in order to minimise disruption to the local community. Officers are liaising with concerned residents in the area. The National Police Air Service also assisted this morning to gather further intelligence and evidence.

“This type of event causes considerable anxiety and distress to the community. There is little doubt that these types of events are very well planned, organised and that local knowledge is important in drawing down the main group to a particular ‘vulnerable’ field, or area of land. We assure local communities that appropriate action is being taken to disrupt and deal with this event, and we will robustly investigate any criminal offences discovered.

“We understand the strength of feelings in respect of this, but we urge locals not to take matters into their own hands, and let the police deal with it. We do not want potential attendees to the gathering to be under any illusions either – do not travel to the area as officers are there and you will be turned away.”

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