Man who organised unlicensed music event near Beccles is fined

Norfolk and Suffolk Police at the scene of an unlicensed music event (UME) in Aldeby last year. Pict

Norfolk and Suffolk Police at the scene of an unlicensed music event (UME) in Aldeby last year. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Archant

A 23-year-old man who organised an unlicensed music event in Aldeby near Beccles last year has been fined £550.

Josh Sutherland, of Dene Road in Lowestoft was arrested in December 2015 and charged with carrying out the licensable activity without authorisation.

Officers from both Norfolk and Suffolk police were called to Stanley Hills just before midnight on August 8 last year, with around 500 people at the event at its peak.

It was eventually shut down at 3.30pm on August 9, when police seized sound equipment, speakers, turntables and four vehicles.

And when Sutherland pleaded guilty to the offence at Great Yarmouth Magistrates' court last week, he was fined £550 and a confiscation order was issued for the equipment seized by police.

Investigating officer, PC David Reeve, said: 'These events are illegal and unsafe and can also cause disruption to local communities.

'Organisers have no concern for the health and safety of those in attendance and it is pleasing to see the courts taking positive action.'

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