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Police dogs, drone unit and helicopter respond to Thetford Forest rave with over 500 people

Police are at the scene of a rave at Thetford Forest which started late last night.

Officers were called at about 11.20pm after a member of the public reported seeing large numbers of cars queueing to access a fire route.

The event was found by officers in an isolated area of the forest, near to the English Heritage site Grimes Graves.

Police. Stock image
Police. Stock image

More than 500 people have attended the event with more than 100 vehicles on site and officers are 'working to close the event down in a safe and controlled manner'.

Paramedics have also been called to the scene following reports a man had become unwell.

Assistant Chief Constable Nick Davison, who is leading the operation, said: "We’ve deployed a number of resources to the scene including the drone unit, dogs, the National Police Air Service helicopter and specially trained public order officers who are experienced in dealing with such events.

"Following assessments, it’s clear this is a well-established and planned event which is due to go on until tomorrow.

"We are working to close the event down in a controlled manner, taking the safety of those in attendance and our officers into account.

"Due to the number of people at the event, additional policing resources will be needed and this will take time to resource.

"Coronavirus is still with us and continues to be a real threat so it’s extremely disappointing to see these types of events taking place when the rest of our communities are doing everything they can to help stop the spread of the virus.

"We will work to identify organisers, seize equipment, deal with any criminal offences and impose penalties where evidence is available."

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