Five men arrested following illegal rave near Grimston
Five people have been arrested following a police operation to break up an illegal rave in West Norfolk, police said this evening.
Officers were first alerted at around 7.30pm last night after a member of the public spotted an advert for the event on Facebook.
Around 600 people were subsequently found to be attending the gathering at Massingham Heath, near Grimston.
Police, including specialist support units, monitored the site overnight and have spent much of the day there. Sound equipment has also been seized.
Three men, aged 25, 28 and 31 respectively, have all been arrested in connection with the organisation of the event.
Two other men, aged 20 and 33 respectively, have been detained on suspicion of drug-driving. All of them remain in police custody this evening.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Nick Davison, of Norfolk Police, said a short time ago: "A significant policing operation was held today to ensure the event was disrupted and closed down safely, while securing evidence with a view to prosecuting organisers. The action taken today falls in line with our robust approach to tackling such events.
"Raves, not uncommon at this time of year, can be very disruptive for local residents and landowners while the presence of hundreds of people and vehicles can also have a detrimental impact on the environment.
"We’ve been working closely with landowners today and will continue to do so tomorrow.”