Men in court over Suffolk rave

MEN charged with crimes relating to an illegal Suffolk rave which was broken up by 100 police officers have been warned they could face prison.Michael Hodges, 19, from Finborough Road, Stowmarket, and Joshua Barrington-Lee, 22, of Canterbury Close, Ipswich, appeared before Bury St Edmunds magistrates this morning .

Dave Gooderham

MEN charged with crimes relating to an illegal Suffolk rave which was broken up by 100 police officers have been warned they could face prison if convicted.

Michael Hodges, 19, from Finborough Road, Stowmarket, and Joshua Barrington-Lee, 22, of Canterbury Close, Ipswich, appeared before Bury St Edmunds magistrates this morning .

Neither men entered a plea to a charge that they organised the unauthorised rave at King's Forest, near Ingham, last July, which was attended by an estimated 1,000 people.

Barrington-Lee pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of ecstasy, cocaine and ketamine but magistrates were told it was relatively small quantities for private use and that it had no connection with the rave.

With regards to the drugs offence, magistrates ordered a pre-sentence report on Barrington-Lee and told him to reappear before Bury magistrates on April 21.

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The two men were ordered to reappear at Ipswich Crown Court on June 6 to answer the rave charge and were given conditional bail banning them from attending any other unauthorised event in England and Wales.

A further nine men appeared at Bury magistrates charged with committing violent disorder at the rave. None of the men entered a plea.

They were: Peter Stokes, 29, of Ipswich Street, Bury; Stuart Brown, 24, of The Street in Bergh Apton, Norfolk; Adrian Rowbotham, 27, of King's Green Fairstead, King's Lynn, Norfolk; Kirk Austin, 18, from the Causeway, Stow Bridge in King's Lynn; Wayne Saxton, 19, of Mellis Road, Yaxley; Luke Parker, 25, of Norwich Road, Brockford; Christopher Kerry, 23, of Church Close, Roydon, Norfolk; Craig Kirtley, 23, from Verneuil Avenue, Stowmarket; Christopher Hood, 18, from the Hemplands, Lowestoft.

Stokes and Austin were also charged with possession of cannabis, unconnected to the rave, but entered no plea. All the defendants were granted bail in the condition that they did not attend any unauthorised event in England and Wales. They will return to Bury magistrates court on April 28.

Around 100 officers from Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex were involved in breaking up the rave in King's Forest on July 15.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said a 17-year-old man from Norwich has been re-bailed in connection with the incident and ordered to report back to Stowmarket Police Station on April 10.

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