Blundeston: Police shut down illegal rave
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POLICE have closed down an illegal rave involving about 150 in north Suffolk that started overnight.
Members of the public contacted police at around 1.40am this morning after a number of vehicles were seen entering land off Flixton Marsh Lane in Blundeston.
Officers attended and were able to contain the area to prevent further people entering.
Later in the morning officers went onto the site to speak to those at the rave but they were uncooperative, so police continued to prevent access and more officers were called to close the event down.
Vehicles continued to sporadically leave the site.
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Just before 3pm further officers from Suffolk and Norfolk police went onto the site and a Section 63 notice was served to close down the rave.
Sound equipment and generators have been seized. Officers stopped and spoke to the occupants of a number of vehicles leaving the site, which was cleared at 4pm.
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Superintendent Jon Dodman said: “I am pleased that we were able to close this rave down safely. Whilst we do not tolerate raves and unlicensed music events in Suffolk, with the rave already underway when we were alerted early this morning the safest way to deal with it was to monitor it and prevent any more people from attending.
“Those who were already on the site were encouraged to leave but when this did not happen, we served a notice to close the rave down and took possession of a number of speakers, generators and amplifiers.
“We have spoken with the community and landowner throughout today’s operation, keeping them informed of our actions and minimising the disruption to their weekend.
“Officers have spoken to many of those in attendance as well as taking vehicle details and gathering evidence from the site. If any offences are identified, we will be looking to take action over the coming weeks.”