December 5 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Arrests have been made following an illegal rave in forest near Thetford which about 400 people attended.
Police closed the event in the Lynford area, near Thetford, at about 12.30pm today - about 12 hours after it started.
A spokesman for Norfolk police said so far five arrests had been made concerning organising of the event and possession with intent to supply drugs. Sound equipment, speakers, turn-tables and two vehicles were seized.
During the night it is thought around 400 people were in attendance with about 200 vehicles parked up.
Superintendent Stuart Gunn said: “Unlicensed music events (UMEs) or raves like this one are not only a disturbance to local people, but also very unsafe due to the remote location, closeness to fast roads and intoxication of people attending.
“A mess was left behind here and damage was done to the forest area. Significant police resources were deployed today and several arrests have been made.”
Officers attended the site in the early hours and blocked off access points to prevent further people entering.
The event was closely monitored throughout the early hours of the morning with intelligence and evidence gathering processes in relation to vehicles and individuals.
Earlier this year an 18-year-old man was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge with serious head injuries after falling 10 feet from a speaker rig following an illegal rave in Swanton Abbott, while a 26-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital after collapsing at a UME in Croxton, near Thetford.