DYFED-Powys Police has been dealing with an illegal raid in Ceredigion.

Officers were made aware of a large gathering near Tregaron at around 11pm on New year’s Eve.

The number of people involved and the safety aspects surrounding breaking up the event meant that a decision was made to disrupt and stop entry of any further vehicles or people.

A police presence was maintained throughout the night and was continuing into today (January 1) to minimise disruption to the local community.

Chief Inspector Amanda Diggens said: “This type of event causes considerable anxiety and distress to the community, and we would like to assure people in the area that appropriate action is being taken to disrupt and deal with this event, and we will investigate any criminal offences discovered.

“We would also like to inform potential attendees that if they attempt to travel to the area they will be turned away.”

Dai Rees, land management team leader from Natural Resources Wales, said: “Our forests and countryside should be available for everyone to enjoy, but illegal raves cause damage to the environment and ruin it for other people.

“Often we find large amounts of litter left behind, and in this case we can see a number of bonfires burning so a significant clean-up operation will follow to make sure the area is safe for people to use.”