Boy, 15, bailed after drug arrest

A 15-YEAR-old boy has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of possessing ketamine during an illegal rave in a Suffolk village.

Colin Adwent

A 15-YEAR-old boy has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of possessing ketamine during an illegal rave in a Suffolk village.

The boy, who is from the Eye area, was taken into custody on Sunday morning after around 50 police were called in to break up the event at Down's Farm, Brundish, near Framlingham.

Lisa Crane, a spokeswoman for Suffolk police, said the teenager has been released on police bail until May 15.


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Ketamine, a Class C drug, is also known as Special K or Raver's Smack. Users often inject it to maintain their 'high'.

The substance is used as a tranquiliser for horses in low doses, but is being taken by an increasing number of revellers as prices fall. It can now be bought for around �20 a gram, half the price of cocaine.

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Two years ago the British Crime Survey said ketamine use was up by 10% year-on-year.

Two 17-year-olds, one from the Debenham area and another from Norwich, were also given warnings at the rave after being found with drugs. Both were caught in possession of cannabis.

A 20-year-old man was also taken to Ipswich Hospital after overdosing on drugs. However police said he was released after treatment.

Officers were despatched at around 1am on Sunday to reports that approximately 200 people were attending the rave. When they arrived they found around 60 vehicles with sound equipment and lights.

Specialist teams of officers were brought in from Suffolk and Norfolk Police. Officers seized sound equipment and the rave was shut down by around 8am.

None of the rave's organisers have been arrested as yet, but inquiries are continuing.

Following the event, Suffolk Constabulary's superintendent Alan Caton said: "I want to warn anyone who is considering organising a rave, that they will face prosecution for holding such an event. We will also seek to prosecute anyone attending a rave who commits other offences, such as damage.”

Any suspicious activity which may be connected to an illegal rave should be reported to police immediately, dialling 999 if necessary or 01473 613500.

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