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Police at scene as hundreds gather at illegal rave in Thetford Forest

More than 500 people are believed to be attending an illegal rave in Thetford Forest today.

Police are working to shut down the gathering, which is taking place close to the English Heritage site Grimes Graves, between Weeting and Lynwood.

And paramedics have also been called to the area, following reports that a man has become unwell at the event.

Crime news (37115662)
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Norfolk Police say the incident was first reported at around 11.20pm on Saturday, when a member of the public reported seeing large numbers of cars queueing to access a fire route.

More than 100 vehicles and 500 revellers are in attendance and senior officers say they believe organisers were planning to remain on site until tomorrow.

The rave is taking place after new legislation came into force on Friday , which makes the organisers of unlicensed music events liable for fines of up to £10,000, while anyone who attends the events can also be fined £100 each.

Ahead of the bank holiday weekend, police had urged the public to be vigilant against mass gatherings in remote areas and said early reporting can help to break up such events, as was the case with a rave near Bawsey last weekend .

Assistant chief constable Nick Davison, who is leading the police operation, said a short time ago:"We’ve deployed a number of resources to the scene including the drone unit, dogs, the National Police Air Service helicopter and specially trained public order officers who are experienced in dealing with such events.

"Following assessments, it’s clear this is a well-established and planned event which is due to go on until tomorrow.

"We are working to close the event down in a controlled manner, taking the safety of those in attendance and our officers into account.

"Due to the number of people at the event, additional policing resources will be needed and this will take time to resource.

"Coronavirus is still with us and continues to be a real threat so it’s extremely disappointing to see these types of events taking place when the rest of our communities are doing everything they can to help stop the spread of the virus.

"We will work to identify organisers, seize equipment, deal with any criminal offences and impose penalties where evidence is available.”

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