Five freed on bail after illegal rave
By EADT – October 15th 2002
FIVE people have been released on police bail after being arrested in connection with drug offences following an illegal 10-hour rave.
They were arrested as 1,000 revellers packed into a warehouse on the old Shawlands site on the Chilton Industrial Estate in Sudbury on Saturday night.
A 19-year-old man from Diss was questioned and was later released on police bail until December 1.
Four men aged 19, 21, 24 and 25 from Bury St Edmunds and Rougham, who were also arrested on suspicion of drugs offences, were given police bail until November 16.
Suffolk police were called to the party, which took place without prior notice to the relevant authorities, after several complaints from residents about noise.
Although the revellers who attended the rave, which began at 10pm on Saturday and lasted until 8am on Sunday, were generally well-behaved, some people have been left concerned over safety issues.
Sudbury county councillor Nick Irwin said: “Although they might be fun, there are health and safety factors to consider. Nightclubs have trained staff who can search people for weapons and look out for drugs.”
A Suffolk police spokesman said their investigations were continuing to trace the organisers of the illegal rave.
“We did receive a number of complaints about noise and we have now released the five people who were arrested on suspicion of drug-related offences on police bail,” he added.