Sound equipment seized as part of investigation into unlicensed music event near Watton

Sunday, June 29, 2014
8:53 PM

Sound equipment has been seized as part of an investigation into an unlicensed music event that took place near Watton.

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Police received telephone calls from members of the public during the evening reporting loud music coming from the Flying Fish Inn in Carbrooke last night (Saturday, June 28).

Officers arrived to find approximately 200 people located on land adjacent to the pub.

They began monitoring the event to ensure people’s safety and started to engage with the organisers and those present with the intent of bring the event to a safe conclusion.

The event stopped at around 1am this morning (Sunday, June 29), with police working to ensure that the scene was cleared as soon as practicable.

One male was arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Sound equipment and generators that were used have also been seized.

Supt Malc Cooke said: “These type of unlicensed music events cause disruption and distress to local people as we saw last night and I am sorry that some residents had their lives disrupted by this incident.

“I am grateful to those who did phone in and report the matter. We will be looking to contact them back today to give them a personal update on what actions we have taken.

“The public can be reassured that we take these matters very seriously although in the first instance it can be a challenge for police to make an immediate impact.

“Our goal at all times is to consider safety. We were dealing with a situation where there was a large number in attendance with a considerable number reported as being in drink.

A multi-agency investigation will continue into the incident which will be supported by Norfolk Police’s specialist licensing team.

“We are fully committed to continuing the investigation into the matter with our partners,” Supt Cooke added.

“Our own specialist licensing team will support the work. We have a strong history of working together with Breckland District Council who have overall responsibility for licensing in the area.”

Did you see what happened? Contact Andrew Papworth on 01379 651153 or email andrew.papworth@archant.co.uk

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