December 9 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 30, 2013
Calls have been made for more to be done to protect a Suffolk beauty-spot after an illegal rave caused a night of disturbance – with noise complaints from people two miles away.
Nearly 200 people are believed to have descended on the Sutton Heath area, near Woodbridge, in the early hours of yesterday, sparking more than a dozen complaints to Suffolk police.
Officers have been praised for bringing the event to a close at around 9am yesterday, but people in the area say they are concerned both by the event - which resulted in dog walkers coming face-to-face with drunk revellers yesterday morning - and also by the presence of travellers in the area.
A Bromeswell Parish Council spokesman said: “We are getting brassed off with this sort of noise nuisance which happens quite frequently.
“Over the last five years there’s been up to four raves during the course of the summer months.
“I live about two miles from the site and it was that loud that I was woken up. What it must have been like for those people who live nearer is just terrible.
“We are not just talking about a next-door party. It’s seriously loud music.
“From the residents’ point of view and those on the barracks at Sutton Heath, the sort of noise and general anti-social behaviour is intolerable.
“We have been asking for as long as we can remember for Suffolk Coastal District Council to sort it out.
“We can’t do anything as a parish as all the power lies with Suffolk Coastal.”
Police officers attended the rave site and efforts were made to contain the area and block off access points to prevent further people from entering.
A Section 63 notice to close down the rave was served just before 9am and the music was stopped.
Christine Block, Suffolk Coastal district councillor for Sutton ward, said: “It’s very difficult for the police to go in the dark and it’s not safe so you wouldn’t expect them to go then.
“I’m sure residents would like them to go in fairly early the next day.
“It’s very helpful that if there’s any sort of an early warning that there might be a rave or that vehicles look to be heading in a certain direction to contact the police to prevent these raves occurring.”
Suffolk Coastal leader Ray Herring said: “I would like to thank the police for closing down the rave and serving the necessary notices swiftly.
“Unfortunately, a significant number of local residents have had to put up with a noisy night.
“Any rave in the area is met with action from the authorities but of course intelligence is crucial to the authorities tackling the situation early.”
Officers will now consider what action to take against the organisers which may include seizing sound equipment.