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Five people detained and fined after Thetford Forest rave

Five people have so far been arrested and fined after an illegal rave was shut down in Thetford Forest yesterday.

Police say officers from four forces were involved in the operation and progress is being made to establish who organised the event.

More than 500 people had attended the gathering near the Grimes Graves English Heritage site, between Weeting and Lynwood, which began on Saturday night.

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Officers spent much of yesterday moving people off the site and five £100 fines were issued to people who refused to comply with a police direction to leave the area. Two of them were taken into custody.

The fines were issued under new legislation, which came into force on Friday, that allows for anyone who attends an unlicensed music event to be fined £100.

Meanwhile, the organisers of such gatherings now face fines of up to £10,000. Sound equipment, generators and a lorry were also seized at the site.

Norfolk Police assistant chief constable Nick Davison said this morning: "Our investigations are ongoing to trace the organisers and these enquiries are progressing well.

"We understand the disruption such events cause to local communities and the concern people will have, particularly as coronavirus continues to be a real threat.

"This was a well-established and planned event and we needed additional specialist resources to shut it down safely.

"More than 100 officers from four forces were involved in the operation, which is a significant task but one which led to the right results being achieved.

"I would like to thank local residents once again for their patience and understanding while we worked to close it down.”

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