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Easter rave warning from police after 13 arrests at Burnham Market

17:00 02 April 2012

Norfolk police have put out a warning against illegal raves across the county over Easter.

Norfolk police have put out a warning against illegal raves across the county over Easter.

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A fresh warning against raves has been issued by the police after 13 people were arrested early on Sunday morning from farmland in Burnham Market.

The rave was held close to Old Sussex Farm Road in the North Norfolk village and involved about 500 people and 150 cars.

Out of the 13 arrests made yesterday, 10 of them were for people who ignored a legal order to leave the area. The other three were arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs.

Most of the people at the rave left peacefully after a number of the legal orders were made.

The people who were arrested have been bailed until the middle of this month.

Sound equipment, including power generators, were also seized and three vehicles were impounded.

Several fixed penalty notices were also issued for road related offences, including seat belt and speeding offences.

In the lead up to Easter, officers have warned that there will be a zero tolerance approach to raves across the county.

Chief Supt Nick Dean said: “The event at the weekend at Burnham Market is a timely reminder of the action that we will take with regards to raves. We will intervene and, where necessary, not hesitate to make arrests and seize equipment.

“It’s important to remind people that we will continue to work with the organisers of licensed musical events.

“Unlicensed musical events or raves are unsafe and disruptive to our local communities. These types of event are anti-social and can cause a great deal of distress not just to local people, but can also have an adverse impact on the environment and wildlife. “We will continue to take a hard line against them and seek to prosecute anyone found to be involved in their organisation.

“Where evidence is found to identify those responsible we will do everything we can to bring them to justice. We always prosecute whenever possible in partnership with other agencies.”

Members of the public are urged to play their part and support police action by remaining vigilant by reporting any suspicious activity which may lead them to believe a rave is being organised.

Suspicious activity may include:

Trespassers on private land taking interest in a potential rave site.

A large gathering of vehicles in car parks or moving convoy of vehicles on roads.

Incursions onto land by people with vans which may be carrying sound equipment.

Landowners are being reminded to secure entrances to their property and report any breaches suspected of being linked to a potential raves to police.

Anyone with information about an illegal rave or witness to suspicious activity on farmland or in buildings should contact Norfolk police on 101.

8 comments

  • In my last comment I put 35 years. I'd like to just point out that I was supposed to put 25 years.

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    Damon

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • In my last comment I put 35 years. I'd like to just point out that I was supposed to put 25 years.

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    Damon

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • When will they realise that these parties will carry on no matter how many speakers they seize and no matter how many people they arrest and charge? The last 35 years has proved this. This article is nothing more than to lead the public to believe that the police are tackling the problem. For every free party that gets stopped there's another four or more going on in different places at the same time. Also can we stop with this "Unlicensed musical events or raves are unsafe and disruptive" rubbish. First off we are in control of our own safety, a "higher power" is not. If we hurt ourselves then so be it, people hurt themselves every single day when doing everyday things. Also I'm not denying that these parties haven't disturbed people in the past because they have and that is not our intention. The majority of the sound systems do take the environment into consideration so they can try and place their musical equipment in the right place to try and reduce the amount of sound that travels outside of the area. All we want to do is part ourselves from the 'born, work then die' life we're living by going out and having fun for free at the weekend. Oh wait, we can't have fun for free! We should be in the clubs buying watered down beer and having the occasional fight so that the police can keep their jobs! Our counties priority's and laws are a joke.

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    Damon

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • You will never get the full story. What happens and what is reported is vastly different! Police WILL NOT help with licensed events, they only try to stop them.

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    consolidate

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • In my last comment I put 35 years. I'd like to just point out that I was supposed to put 25 years.

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    Damon

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • I find it funny how there is no mention of the police actions at this event and how many people were lured into a false sense of security. They complimented on how well organised it was and how friendly the people were, they said they only had 1 noise complaint and had no intentions of seizing any equipment. And i'm not even gonna start on the ILLEGAL documents produced by officers which were supposed to be sections...

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    Rich

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • In my last comment I put 35 years. I'd like to just point out that I was supposed to put 25 years.

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    Damon

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • Thanks EDP for posting the comments you only want people to see. It's funny how you didn't post my personal opinion on this article but decided to post my second one........five times!

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    Damon

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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