Residents pick up pieces after rave

A TINY Suffolk community was left picking up the pieces today after up to 1,000 revellers held a bank holiday weekend illegal rave.The village pub in Ramsholt, near Woodbridge, reported a dramatic loss in trade over the weekend as a result of the rave and numerous residents complained about the noise from the party.

A TINY Suffolk community was left picking up the pieces today after up to 1,000 revellers held a bank holiday weekend illegal rave.

The village pub in Ramsholt, near Woodbridge, reported a dramatic loss in trade over the weekend as a result of the rave and numerous residents complained about the noise from the party.

Patrick Levy, of The Ramsholt Arms pub, in Ramsholt, near Woodbridge, said he had spent Saturday evening trying to stop people parking on his land – and added the event had halved his usual Sunday trade.

He said: "I was 50 per cent down on what you would expect on a bank holiday Sunday.

"Normally you wouldn't have been able to move down here and it was absolutely dead."

He said families and visitors had been put off visiting because of fears about confrontation with people searching for the rave.

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He added: "There were people turning up here and there is a lot of anger, feelings are running high.

"Where have they been going to the toilet? People just come along and we have to live with everything left and all the rubbish."

The weekend rave was the fifth police have dealt with in rural areas of Suffolk in the past six months.

The four others - three in Euston, near Thetford, and one in a disused pit in Layham - were all thwarted in their early stages but officers were unable to prevent the ravers settling in at Ramsholt.

Suffolk police began receiving calls about noise and a large number of vehicles heading through Ramsholt, near Woodbridge, at about 10.30pm on Saturday night.

Tents, cars and powerful sound systems were set up in a field near to Ramsholt church.

The land is home to a man-made reservoir and tents were set up around its edge, while revellers partied through the night.

Despite the isolated location of the party, Inspector Steve Griss from Suffolk Police said a number of residents had complained about the noise coming from the rave, which police spent most of Monday trying to end.

He said: "Sound travels - especially at night.

"When you look at Ramsholt you're literally looking across the river to Kirton. You don't have to travel too far to get to urban areas."

Were you at the rave or were you affected by it? Write in to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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