POLICE patrols have been stepped up on a reservoir after intelligence a large gathering had been organised.
Officers from the Greater Manchester force will be out at Audenshaw Reservoir after it learned the event involving a group of young people had been arranged.
Less than 24 hours after new restrictions were imposed across the area, the landmark, which borders the M60 motorway, is the scene of an increased presence
Officers will disperse any groups they come across and may issue dispersal orders after learning the gathering had been organised for this afternoon (Fri).
In recent weeks, illegal raves have either taken place or been prevented from happening, including one that saw about 4,000 people gather at Daisy Nook Country Park on the border between Droylsden and Failsworth.
Superintendent Colette Rose of Greater Manchester Police said: “Thanks to intelligence received from the public this afternoon we have been able to deploy officers to Audenshaw Reservoir and are working closely with partners to ensure this event isn’t attended.
“Anyone who was considering coming to the location is strongly advised not to and while enforcement will be used as a last resort, we will use the legal powers necessary to prevent a potentially dangerous and illegal mass gathering from taking place.
“I encourage the public to keep us informed with any illegal events they hear about, especially at a time now where it is so important for us all to work together and adhere to the latest guidelines imposed to ensure public safety.”