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Police stop rave in ‘old chicken sheds’ during clampdown on rural crime

PUBLISHED: 18:33 02 February 2017 | UPDATED: 23:46 02 February 2017

Police are appealing for information Picture: James Bass

Police are appealing for information Picture: James Bass

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A rave in old chicken sheds near Aylsham was one of the more unusual calls police were forced to deal with recently.

Norfolk Constabulary revealed the Haveringland party, which attracted a crowd of 40 revellers, was one of two unlicensed music events it investigated as part of Operation Randall.

Officers, according to police, took an hour to clear everyone out.

The other rave, in open forest at Mundford, near Thetford, also attracted a crowd of around 40 people and was disbanded peacefully.

Both feature in this week’s rural crime newsletter, although it is unclear exactly when they took place.

Meanwhile, residents in rural areas are being reminded to keep their property secure following a number of thefts.

At Gunthorpe, 2000 litres of heating oil was reported stolen; 700 litres of heating oil was stolen from an insecure tank in Long Stratton; while a 1000 litre heating oil tank, which was empty at the time, was taken in Stalham.

And, in Ditchingham, 1000 litres of heating oil, beer barrels and sports equipment were stolen from the Social Club.

Elsewhere in Norfolk, wildlife crime was continuing to pose a problem for police with reports of the illegal hunting of animals across the region, including suspected deer poaching at All Saints Church in Catfield.

Other incidents of note include: Unauthorised metal detecting on an ancient site of historical interest close to Watton, and Weeting Castle; a trailer was taken from Tasburgh after its locak was cut off; four youths were seen running off after a shed was set alight in Bradwell.

A number of break-ins have also been reported in the latest police report.

Waterproofs, a hunting game bag and numerous shotgun cartridges were taken after outbuildings were raided in Salters Lode.

A fridge and TV were stolen during a break-in on a boat moored in a marina close to Brundall.

Motorcycle gear, including a set of tyre warmers, were taken after two sheds were broken into in Poringland.

And a man seen acting suspiciously at Weybourne Hall Holiday Park left after being challenged. He was wearing walking trousers and green woolly hat and left in a white van.

Police have appealed for anyone with information on any of these incidents to contact their local police station by dialling 101.

A spokesperson for the force said: “We would like to thank you for all your calls to Norfolk Constabulary; every piece of information, no matter how small helps us make Norfolk a safer county. You are our eyes and ears and we depend on your assistance to reduce rural crime.”

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