Fines after police break up New Year’s Eve event

Twenty-four people have been fined after police shut down an illegal New Year’s Eve gathering in Ludham.

The fixed penalty notices were issued for breach of gathering and mixing desks and a generator were seized.

Police learned of the event shortly after 9.30pm after receiving reports of a rave on Hall Road in the village.

Officers discovered approximately 60 people at what appeared to be the early stages of an unlicensed music event being set up at around 9.45pm.

Roads were blocked to prevent access to the site and two people were also reported for possession of drugs.

Supt Terry Lordan said: “With so many people in Norfolk abiding by the Tier 4 regulations put in place to keep us all safe, it is very disappointing to then have a minority behave in this way. These events are not only illegal and, with the threat of coronavirus, extremely unsafe, they also cause unnecessary damage and disruption.

“Across Norfolk, the large majority of our residents spent a peaceful evening welcoming in the New Year, for which I am grateful. This small group of individuals who looked to attend this event however, learned that, where we can, we will prevent, disrupt or stop a rave or unlicensed musical event from taking place and we won’t hesitate to use covid enforcement action where we need to.”

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