Fenland man charged with drug possession following rave at the weekend

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A man from near Wisbech has been charged with three counts of drug possession in relation to cocaine, mephedrone and cannabis.

Luke Bills, 27, of Station Road South, Walpole St Andrew, was arrested following an unlicensed music event in Aldeby, near Beccles, over the weekend.

Officers from both Norfolk and Suffolk attended the site at Stanley Hills shortly before midnight on Saturday August 8 and blocked off access points to prevent further people entering.

During the night it is thought around 500 people were in attendance, although this number reduced to 250 by Sunday morning.

The event was closely monitored throughout yesterday, Sunday August 9, with intelligence and evidence gathering processes in relation to vehicles and individuals present. Officers closed the event at about 3.30pm with sound equipment, speakers, turn-tables and four vehicles seized.

The music was stopped, the site cleared and blockades to access routes were lifted.

Superintendent Roger Wiltshire said, “Unlicensed music events (UMEs) like this one are not only a disturbance to local people, but also very unsafe due to the remote location, closeness to fast roads and intoxication of people attending.

“A mess was left behind here and damage was done to the area with significant police resources deployed.”

Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary will seek to take positive action, seize equipment and prosecute offenders involved in line with the wishes of our communities that are affected by such illegal activities.

Bills has been released on bail to appear before Norwich Magistrates court on Tuesday August 25.