Rave gear to be used by police

A GENERATOR seized by police from a three day rave in Suffolk is today being put to good use.The mobile generator worth around £8,000 will now be used to power mobile police stations and create an operating site in remote areas.

A GENERATOR seized by police from a three day rave in Suffolk is today being put to good use.

The mobile generator worth around £8,000 will now be used to power mobile police stations and create an operating site in remote areas.

Revellers had caused a noisy disturbance when they invaded the tiny village of Ramsholt, near Woodbridge, and set up camp for three days over the August Bank Holiday weekend in 2005.

The rave ended in violence with police officers being pelted by stones and bottles by a hostile crowd and police cars were damaged.


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Chief Constable Simon Ash said in a report going to the Police Authority on Friday: “The seized property included a mobile generator mounted on its own two-axle trailer, a box of wires and heavy-duty socket points.

“The majority of other property seized as a result of Operation Garm, including sound equipment, has since been destroyed with the exception of the generator, trailer, and electrical cables and switches.

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“The generator is able to provide cover for 14 of our 18 sites that have generators so that we can keep them operational if we have any major problems with power loss at those sites.

“These sites are key within the constabulary as they are either sites with custody suites or they are our radio masts.”

It will cost £1,280 to refurbish the generator and £1,000 for the trailer. Annual servicing of the generator would be £225 for two visits.

Members of Suffolk Police Authority will decide on Friday whether to give the go-ahead to the plan for the generator.

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