Police chief praises residents actions

18 November 2013

A Norfolk police chief has praised residents in Thorpe St Andrew
for their vigilance after a single 999 call led to an illegal rave
being prevented.

Police were alerted to suspicious activity in School Lane at
about 11.50pm with a member of the public reporting seeing cars and
a van enter a derelict site at Pinebanks.

Officers arrived on scene to find the property had been entered
with a number of people inside. Ten men aged between 16 and 27 and
two women, aged 20 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of burglary
and sound equipment was seized.

Suspects were questioned by detectives at Police Investigation
Centres in Wymondham, Aylsham and Great Yarmouth and have been
released on bail with conditions until dates in January.

A large amount of sound equipment was found inside the building
and was seized and as officer secured the building more people
arrived at the site, becoming hostile towards the police

Several items were thrown at officers who used shields to hold
back the crowds, with people starting to leave the area at about
1.20am. Police dealt with further outbreaks of disorder in Pilling
Park Wood and Harvey Lane with the incident brought under control
within two hours.

County policing commander Chief Superintendent Nick Davison
thanked members of the public for their vigilance.

He said: The prompt call from a concerned resident allowed us
to dispatch officers to the area immediately and prevent this event
from even starting.

I am aware through comments on social media that some residents
were disturbed by the police activity including the helicopter,
needed to stop this event.

However, I think it s important to
highlight that had this event happened local people would have
faced far greater disruption throughout the night and into the
early hours with noise and people going to the event.

This was a successful outcome and had police not been alerted
to so quickly the outcome could have been very different.

I am very
grateful to the public for alerting us so we were able to take
action to safeguard the interests of the local community.”

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