YOUNG people in Hampshire are being urged to have fun responsibly and legally during the rest of the summer as police say they will continue to crackdown on raves.

Hampshire Constabulary have said they have been called out to seven different large gatherings or raves since May, and have managed to engage with the groups.

In all cases, they left the area when asked.

Large gatherings are currently not allowed to take place because of government social distancing rules, whilst unlicensed music events are not permitted at any time.

Calling on the public's co-operation, a spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary said: "We entirely understand that many people want to go out and enjoy the summer weather, especially young people who want to see their friends, and whilst we of course want people to have a good time, this needs to be done in a socially responsible way, within the law, and with due regard for everyone’s safety.

"For young people, it's important for us that parents are aware of where their children are and what they are doing, and recognising there are still Government guidelines in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus, which still presents a real and deadly threat.

"We will continue to ensure large outdoor spaces are part of our patrols to deal with those gathering in large groups or causing anti-social behaviour which can ruin other people's enjoyment of outdoor spaces

"We want to thank the community for calling us about theses gatherings so that we were able to respond swiftly. We know the majority of people want to follow the guidance to keep themselves and their families safe.

"This shows you are the eyes and ears in your community. Thank you to those who phoned us, you are instrumental in helping us being able prevent these gatherings from happening."

To report a gathering or unlicensed event, you can contact Hampshire Police on 101.