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Police drone tracked drug-driver following illegal rave report near Swaffham

A police drone checking on reports of an illegal rave helped stop a driver over the limit for three drugs.

And the van which Marc Fulcher was driving was stacked with audio and lights equipment and was well over the weight limit.

Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday that he was arrested and charged for organising the event near Swaffham last summer without a licence.

Crown Court news. (25608708)
Crown Court news. (25608708)

However, that charge was withdrawn at the hearing.

Prosecutor Emma Wright told the bench: “Police were called to Beachamwell Woods in Swaffham due to what was believed by members of the public to be an illegal rave.

“Officers used a drone and noted a white Luton van. The drone followed the van, which was met by officers.”

Police at the scene of the unlicensed music event at Massingham Heath, near Grimston (29771134)
Police at the scene of the unlicensed music event at Massingham Heath, near Grimston (29771134)

Fulcher, 27, was at the wheel. The officers noticed many items of equipment in the back such as speakers, lighting, a generator and amplifiers.

“The defendant was originally arrested for carrying on an illegal music event,” added Miss Wright.

Fulcher was found to have illegal levels of a cocaine metabolite, ketamine and MDMA in his system.

And when the van was weighed it was 4,840kgs gross, the legal limit being 3,500kgs.

Fulcher pleaded guilty to three counts of drug-driving and using a vehicle on a road with the maximum permitted laden weight exceeded.

All the offences took place between June 22 and 23 last year.

Solicitor Liz Simons, mitigating, said the van belonged to a friend of Fulcher and the defendant didn’t realise it was overweight as he was unfamiliar with it.

“He tells me some of the drugs he had taken a couple of days earlier. He thought it would be out of his system and said he wouldn’t have driven if he wasn’t fit to drive,” added Miss Simons.

She added that Fulcher was likely to lose his job as a mobile car valeter with the mandatory disqualification.

Fulcher, of Primrose Drive, Brandon, was banned for 12 months, fined £300 and told to pay £85 costs, plus a £30 victim surcharge.

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