Anger in Thorpe St Andrew after rave court charges are dismissed

The former Pinebanks Sports and Social Club, Thorpe St Andrew, where police were called to close down an illegal rave. Photo: Steve Adams The former Pinebanks Sports and Social Club, Thorpe St Andrew, where police were called to close down an illegal rave. Photo: Steve Adams

David Bale david.bale2@archant.co.uk
Thursday, July 10, 2014
9:28 AM

People caught up in a riot in Thorpe St Andrew as people tried to get to an illegal rave last November asked today whether anyone would face justice, after the case against a man charged with organising the event was dropped.

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On November 16, police were called to close down an illegal rave at the former Pinebanks sports and social club in Thorpe St Andrew.

A police helicopter was summoned, and police using riot shields prevented the mob from forcing their way into the former leisure centre.

Twelve people were arrested and a police officer was injured.

Joshua Tubby, 19, from The Common, Mulbarton, was charged with attempting to stage the event. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was due to appear for a trial at Norwich Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

But the case was dismissed, and a spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service in the East of England said: “In this case the CPS received a material statement after the first court hearing but before the trial.

“This was disclosed to the defence who did not accept this new piece of evidence.

“We were unable to secure the attendance of the witness at court on the day of trial and so were unable to proceed with the trial.”

After the riot, residents spoke of their terror as hordes of people
tried to enter the rave and
threatened to overwhelm police before hurling bottles and vandalising police cars.

Raymond Howard, who lives near the derelict site, said at the time that he had to take shelter in the home of a neighbour, while police parked cars in their driveways to deter attacks on their property.

Mr Howard said that he would be “disgusted” if no-one faced justice.

He added: “We are going silly in this country and are being too soft. It would be disgusting if no-one faced justice for what happened. All of us living this way would feel the same way.

“Our evening last November was disrupted as hundreds of people were trying to get to the rave.

“They were like rats trying to get over the fences. I had to mend my fence afterwards.

“Police told me to get indoors, not to come out, and I was told they would do their best to protect our properties. It was really scary.”

What is your memory of that night? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

3 comments

  • CPS - public sector body - need I say anymore?

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    Parsnip

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • I agree BG - what message does this send does this virtually give open licence for others to do the same thing? I would hazard a guess if Mr Howard or any of his neighbours had hurt any poor innocent raver they, the neighbours, would be facing charges.

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    PeterMac

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • Always said "justice," was a game played within a set of rules by well educated people with little or no regard to anyone else. If there was enough evidence to mount a prosecution why wasn`t it run without the absent witness.

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    BG

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

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