Police prevent illegal rave

17 November 2013

Twelve people have been arrested and one officer was injured
after police prevented an illegal rave in Thorpe St Andrew,
Norwich, last night (16 November).

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

Officers attended the scene and 12 people, men and women, were
arrested on suspicion of burglary offences and sound equipment was
also seized.

As officers secured the building more people began to arrive at
the site, via Harvey Lane and White Farm Lane, becoming hostile
towards the police presence with additional officers brought in to
deal with 50-60 strong crowds.

The police helicopter was also
deployed to monitor the crowd and assist with the policing
operation.

Bottles were thrown at officers who were using shield lines to
keep crowds contained and from entering the building where the
sounds equipment had been seized.

Officers managed to hold off the crowd who began to leave the
site at around 1.20am, with people moving off into the residential
area.

Police continued to monitor their movements and the incident
was brought under control within two hours.

An investigation has been launched and detectives will be
interviewing the 12 suspects, held in custody at stations across
the county, later today.

Chief Superintendent Bob Scully said: This was a serious
incident and while nearby residents would have been disturbed by
police activity an illegal music event running throughout the night
and into the early hours would have caused more impact on the local
community.

The action taken last night to shut down this event falls in
line with our efforts to reduce serious anti-social behaviour and
environmental damage caused by illegal and unlicensed events.

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