Police break up two illegal forest raves

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POLICE hit at least two illegal raves in the Thetford area over the Jubilee weekend.

Officers stopped a van travelling on the A134 Wretton Road, near Croxton, on Saturday shortly before 11.30pm and seized sound equipment.

Seven people were arrested in connection with the incident, five on suspicion of drug offences and two on suspicion of being concerned in conspiracy to commit public nuisance.

All were taken to Bury Police Investigation Centre where they were interviewed by officers and bailed while enquiries continue.

Then, at about 7.45am on Sunday, police from Norfolk and Suffolk went to an area of Thetford Forest following reports of an unlicensed music event near Mundford.

They discovered more than 300 people and 100 vehicles there and disrupted the event.

By 2.20pm they had seized a large amount of sound equipment and are now trying to identify those responsible for the event.

Superintendent Nick Davison, who led the operation on Sunday, said: "The action taken to prevent and disrupt these events falls in line with our zero-tolerance approach to unlicensed music events, which are potentially dangerous and cause unnecessary damage and disruption.

"While officers on the ground liaised with people attending this morning's event it became apparent that, weather dependent, it had been their intention to hold a three-day event.

“This would have caused considerable disruption to the local community had it not been for the positive action taken by Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies.

"I want to make it quite clear that we will deal robustly with anyone found to be holding or organising an unlicensed or illegal music event."

Anyone with information relative to these incidents should contact police on 101.