Police believe an illegal rave is planned to take place in Cumbria this weekend.

Officers are appealing to those who are organising or thinking of attending the illegal gathering to think about "the potential dangers they are putting themselves and others in".

They fear that anyone attending the unregulated event are at "real risk of danger", whether that be from injuries caused by fights or overcrowding - especially when emergency crews are "potentially a long distance away" from the remote locations where these evnets are usually held.

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Police say they are also concerned about the possibility that drugs mixed with dangerous substances may be taken - which could pose a "serious and potentially life-threatening" risk..

Organisers of these events could face fines of up to £10,000 for hosting raves or other illegal gatherings outdoors of more than 50 people.

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.”

If you have any information about a planned illegal rave or unlicensed music event, or about one which is currently taking place, please call Cumbria Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also report information online at www.cumbria.police.uk/reportit.

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