Three people have been arrested and sound equipment seized after police shut down an unlicensed music event in the early hours of Sunday.
Police were called shortly after 1am by a member of the public reporting a suspected rave at Woodbastwick. Officers found approximately 100 people in a wooded area in the early stages of an unlicensed music event.
Police vehicles were used to block the entrances to the site to prevent further vehicles from entering, before officers went in to monitor the event, seizing generators and sound equipment were seized. The site was cleared by 5am.
Officers have launched an investigation in order to identify the organiser(s) of the event and enquiries are ongoing.
Three people were arrested in connection with the event:
– One man aged in his 20s on suspicion of drug and driving offences. He has since been released on police bail.
– One man aged in his 20s on suspicion of drug offences. He has since been released with no further action being taken against him.
– One woman aged in her 30s on suspicion of drug and driving offences. She has since been released on police bail.
Chief Insp Kris Barnard said: “These events are not only illegal and unsafe, they also cause unnecessary damage and disruption. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances leading up to the event and where we can prevent, disrupt or stop a rave taking place, we will do everything within our power to do this in order to minimise the impact on local communities. We hope this robust action acts as a deterrent to anyone who may wish to organise events like these in the future.
“I want to thank members of the public for their patience and support as we worked to bring this event to a safe closure.”