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Police break up illegal rave

PUBLISHED: 09:23 13 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:55 06 July 2010

A YOUNG man has been treated in hospital after suffering a drugs overdose during an illegal rave near Framlingham.

Around 50 police officers broke up a gathering of approximately 200 people on farmland in Brundish yesterday.

A YOUNG man has been treated in hospital after suffering a drugs overdose during an illegal rave near Framlingham.

Around 50 police officers broke up a gathering of approximately 200 people on farmland in Brundish yesterday.

Police were dispatched to Downs Farm at around 1am, where they found 60 vehicles with sound equipment and lights.

Specialist teams of officers from Suffolk and Norfolk Police seized the sound equipment and the rave was shut down by around 8am.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said paramedics were called to the site around the same time to attend to a 20-year-old man who had overdosed on drugs.

The man was taken to Ipswich Hospital for further treatment.

Frank Howse, landlord of the Brundish Crown, said a few partygoers had gathered in the car park of the pub after they were dispersed, but they did not cause any trouble.

He added: “There were a lot of police around. All the locals are talking about it.”

Following the raid, Superintendent Alan Caton sent out a warning to people looking to hold an illegal rave.

He said: “I want to warn anyone who is considering organising a rave, that they will face prosecution for holding such an event. We will also seek to prosecute anyone attending a rave who commits other offences, such as damage.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to appeal for the public's help to tackle this issue. Early information from the public is critical if we are to prevent a rave from taking place.

“If we get reliable and timely information about where and when an event is being set up, generally we can get to the site, identify the organisers and seize sound and other equipment before the rave begins.

“There are some cases where a rave is up and running with large crowds already present. In these instances it may be necessary to manage the event where it is, monitoring it closely to ensure, as far as possible, the safety of those attending.

“Vehicles trying to get on or off site will be stopped and dealt with for any offences they might be committing. Where possible the organisers will be identified and dealt with at the end of the event, which will be closed as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Any suspicious activity which may be connected to an illegal rave should be reported to police immediately, dialling 999 if necessary or 01473 613500.

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