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Bawsey Pits in 'shocking' state after illegal rave

Concerns have been raised over the state of Bawsey Pits following an illegal rave at the weekend.

Officers were called to the scene of an unlicensed event at the beauty spot at just after 8am on Sunday, following reports that a number of people had gathered in the woodland.

Rubbish at Bawsey Pits (1979467)
Rubbish at Bawsey Pits (1979467)

Today, police confirmed a man had been arrested and charged with motoring offences following the incident.

But, while the rave may have been put to an end, rubbish marred the area after revellers had left.

Steve Edwards said he was “shocked” at the state of Bawsey Pits when he took his dog for a walk there on Sunday afternoon.

He said there were cars playing loud music and boats on the water, adding: “Never in 45 years have we ever seen boats or so much rubbish around Bawsey Pits.

“I was shocked to see a white van driving around the park, also motorcycles racing up and down the hills and rubbish everywhere.

“I don’t know who is responsible for the park but it’s becoming, or should I say is, a mess. It’s a shocking disgrace that this beautiful area is being left to ruin.

“This could be a fantastic asset for West Norfolk but it’s been left to turn into a dumping ground.”

Rubbish at Bawsey Pits (1979470)
Rubbish at Bawsey Pits (1979470)

Mr Edwards said there was evidence of fires and parties, and dirty nappies were among the items left behind.

“It was absolutely disgusting. Something needs to be done very urgently. Whoever owns the park needs to be responsible and address this matter.”

The site was bought by businessman Stephen Bacon in 2015. He was contacted for comment, but had not responded at the time of going to press.

Police estimate around 30 people attended the rave and say inquiries are being undertaken to establish who organised it.

One man, Carl Hunt, 29, of London Road, Lynn, was arrested later on Sunday and subsequently charged with drink-driving, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance.

He is due to appear before magistrates on June 4.

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