POLICE are increasing patrols after plans of an illegal rave were leaked.

Staff at Rivington Heritage Trust became aware of plans to host an ‘illegal rave’ in the Lever Park area near Rivington - after spotting it on an ‘underground’ Facebook page.

The police were informed and have now released a statement.

Sgt Harrison from Chorley Police said: "This evening and over the weekend you will see an increased presence from Police and Partner agencies in the Rivington area.

"This is due to information we have received about a possible rave over the weekend in that area. The last time a rave occurred in the area it resulted in a number of Covid Tickets being issued and the sound equipment was seized.

"Remember there are offences of gathering and proceeding to a gathering under the Criminal Justice and Public order act. With the help of United Utilities, Rivington Heritage Trust and North West 4x4 Response we have eyes everywhere."

Three raves in the past have caused £2,500 worth of damage.