Four arrests made after 'dangerous, illegal' raves at Leziate in Norfolk and Bodney near Thetford

PUBLISHED: 10:30 03 January 2017 | UPDATED: 10:30 03 January 2017

Four arrests made after ‘dangerous, illegal’ raves at Leziate in Norfolk and Bodney near Thetford

Four arrests made after 'dangerous, illegal' raves at Leziate in Norfolk and Bodney near Thetford

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Four people were arrested and one man was charged by Norfolk police following two separate raves over the new year period.

The first unlicensed music event was discovered after police were called to reports of a burglary just after 2pm on Friday at a house on Brow of the Hill, Leziate, near King’s Lynn. Upon arrival, they discovered a rave taking place.

Dean Cooper, 48, of Wisbech Road, King’s Lynn, was arrested following the incident and taken to custody.

He was charged with one count of burglary and one count of possession of a bladed article and bailed to appear before King’s Lynn Magistrates Court on Thursday February 16.

Two further arrests were made with one caution issued.

The second rave happened at a site in Bodney, near Thetford, at around 10.45pm on New Years Eve where police dispersed crowds at a rave and seized equipment. One woman was arrested and taken in for questioning at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre.

Assistant Chief Constable Mike Fawcett said: “These types of unlicensed events are not uncommon at this time of year but they can be seriously distressing to local residents.

“The events are also generally dangerous, taking place in isolated locations, often within dilapidated buildings. At one of the events this weekend there was a definite danger to those in attendance with the fumes from a generator filling the building they were in.

“These illegal events also involve trespassing on others’ land and into their buildings, causing a disturbance and putting people at risk. The organisers are not licensed and do not appear to have any regard for the welfare of others or the negative impact on local people.

“Our swift and robust response to these illegal events shows that we are prepared and will continue to take positive action to prevent them from occurring and we will prosecute offenders involved where necessary as well.”

Anyone with any further information is asked to contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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