Picture update: Teenager seriously ill with head injuries after falling at illegal rave in Swanton Abbott

The East Anglian Air Ambulance arrives at the scene of the Swanton Abbott rave. The East Anglian Air Ambulance arrives at the scene of the Swanton Abbott rave.

Sunday, July 28, 2013
9:54 PM

An 18-year-old man is in Addenbrooke’s Hospital with serious head injuries after falling from a speaker rig at an illegal rave in Swanton Abbott, near North Walsham, last night.

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The man was airlifted by the East Anglian Air Ambulance which landed in a clearing close to the event, in an area known as Heath Plantation.

Police received reports of loud music being played at the remote spot shortly after midnight this morning and a spokesman said they had been working to close down the event as soon as was safely possible.

As the police operation was ongoing, officers received reports that a man who had climbed on a speaker rig was injured after falling about 10ft.

Police gave first aid until paramedics arrived. The man’s condition is described as serious.

More than 250 people attended the event and four people were arrested, two in relation to drug offences and a further two in connection with the incident. Sound equipment was also seized.

Superintendent Carl Edwards said: “Norfolk Constabulary has a zero tolerance approach to unlicensed musical events (UMEs). We warn people attending that they are dangerous places as they have little or no health and safety provision, as well as leading to damage and disruption to businesses and the local community.

“This incident should serve as a warning to other people considering holding or attending UMEs that these events can have potentially tragic consequences.”

A spokesman for North Norfolk District Council said their had been no complaints to their environmental health department overnight.

■ Were you affected or were you there? Please ring reporter Alex Hurrell on 01263 513316.

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