WATCH: Moment police break up illegal rave in woodland off A47

PUBLISHED: 10:58 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:11 23 May 2018

Police breaking up an illegal rave in Downham Market. Photo: Archant

Police breaking up an illegal rave in Downham Market. Photo: Archant


Police were filmed breaking up an illegal rave in riot gear on Saturday in the third such event this month.

More than 50 people and a number of vehicles were discovered by police at the woodland site off the A47 in the Beachamwell area near Swaffham.

18-year-old Jake Douglas, of Lockhart Road in Ellingham, was arrested and charged with assaulting three police officers and in connection with public order offences.

A call to police around 5.30pm on May 19 reported the rave. A police spokesman said response officers attended the event to ask the organiser to shut it down, which the organiser chose not to do.

A Police Support Unit (PSU) of specially trained riot control officers, a dog unit and a drone unit were then dispatched and the rave was stopped at around 9.45pm. Speakers and a generator were also seized.

The spokesman said that event-goers also attacked police dogs.

The event took place the day before a body was found in marshland after a different illegal rave in Somerleyton near Lowestoft.

The transport police were alerted to the rave by a crew of overnight engineers working for Network Rail.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said there was nothing at this stage to formally link the death with the rave – but investigations were continuing.

Another illegal rave this month took place on Bawsey Pits, near King’s Lynn, in the early hours of Sunday, May 13.

Vicky Hebborn, community safety and citizens in policing inspector said: “These types of unlicensed events are not uncommon at this time of year, but can be seriously distressing to local residents and landowners.

“They are very unsafe due to the remote location, closeness to fast roads and intoxication of people attending.

“The events also involve trespassing on others’ land causing a disturbance and putting people at risk. The organisers are not licensed and do not appear to have any regard for the welfare of others or the negative impact on local people.

“Wherever possible Norfolk Constabulary will seek to take positive action, seize equipment and prosecute offenders in line with the wishes of communities that are affected by such illegal activities.”

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