Police escort revellers back to Norfolk after they try to stage rave in Lincolnshire

PUBLISHED: 09:34 18 June 2013 | UPDATED: 09:34 18 June 2013

Bourne Woods, near Bourne. Picture: Google Maps.

Bourne Woods, near Bourne. Picture: Google Maps.


Rave goers and organisers from Norfolk were escorted back to the county boundary by police after they tried to stage an illegal event in neighbouring Lincolnshire.

In the early hours of Sunday, police received intelligence that a large number of cars were travelling from the Norfolk area to attend a rave in Bourne Woods at Hanthorpe, near Bourne.

The vehicles were intercepted, searched and the drivers were turned away.

Thirty-five officers, gathered from across the county, then attended the rave site.

They attempted to negotiate with the organisers of the rave after several noise complaints from local residents. At 4.30am a line of officers with dog units advanced on and dispersed around 250 people. The crowd were moved back from the sound system, which a local inspector turned off. The organisers were ordered to strip down the equipment and leave the area – they were escorted to the county boundary.

Two people were arrested on suspicion of possession of illegal drugs with intent to supply. They have been questioned and released on police bail. Two people were bitten by police dogs, but were not seriously hurt.

Chief Insp Mark Housley said: “We hope this sends a very clear message to those thinking about holding illegal raves in Lincolnshire. Where possible and appropriate, we will take tough police action to prevent and disrupt such events, particularly when they are having a negative impact on our communities.

“We are working with partners and legal advisors to identify methods by which the police and landowners might seek civil recovery of costs of policing and cleaning up after illegal raves from those who organise such events.”

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