VIDEO: Woman airlifted to hospital from illegal rave remains in a critical condition

Air ambulance called to illegal music event
Air ambulance called to illegal music event
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A 26-year-old woman who was airlifted to hospital after she collapsed at an illegal music event in Thetford remains in a critical condition.

Police believe the woman took a cocktail of drugs and alcohol while at the unlicensed event, held in remote woodland in Croxton.

Video footage of the collapsed woman being air-lifted to hospital has been released by police and can be viewed here:

Police received reports of loud music at about midnight on Saturday and were working to close the event down when the woman collapsed and started fitting shortly before 9am.

Police have said officers and a paramedic ambulance crew administered first aid before the arrival of East Anglian Air Ambulance who took the woman to West Suffolk Hospital.

Between 200 and 300 people attended the event on Saturday night, the majority dispersed quickly after the woman’s collapse.

Chief Superintendent Nick Davison, county policing commander with Norfolk Police, said the case illustrated the inherent risks associated with raves.

He said: “The reality of this incident is a sobering one and people attending these events need to consider whether it is really worth the risk.

“The woman was critically ill, ultimately requiring the services of the air ambulance to get to hospital as soon as possible. The very nature of these events mean they are held in remote locations and people attending are unnecessarily gambling with their safety.

“In the interests of public safety and to minimise the impact these events have on our local communities, we will continue to do what we can to deter and disrupt these events and to seek to prosecute organisers.”

Police seized a vehicle and various items of sound equipment including speakers, mixing decks and a generator. Enquiries into the event continue.