Police stop rave at Sutton Bridge

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Police stopped a rave in Sutton Bridge on Saturday night, turning away numerous vehicles heading for Centenary Way.

Community policing inspector Jim Tyner warned on Friday that a dispersal notice had been put in place to stop people attending.

He said at the time: “The message is simple. If you are intending on visiting the area to take part in a rave, you will be turned away.”

Several raves have been held and they are believed to be linked to a man who has been living on Centenary Way land owned by EDF Energy without the company’s consent.

Fed-up residents have called for an end to the raves with music – or the thump of the bass – being heard up to a mile-and-a-half away from the site.

A Chalk Lane resident said a rave took place the previous weekend.

He said: “The music started at 7pm on the Saturday and went right the way through until midday on Sunday.

“I have got no objection to people having a dance but they ought to turn the music down. If they are trespassing, it should be stopped.”

Another said the music was so loud at The Quay flats, on the other side of the river in West Bank, that one resident thought the racket was coming from his next-door neighbour’s.

A spokesman for the power company said last week: “EDF Energy is aware that we have an individual living on our land without our permission at the Sutton Bridge site. We are also aware of the concern that this situation is causing for local residents.

“We are working with all the relevant authorities to ensure the individual leaves the site as soon as possible.”

Insp Tyner said the dispersal notice was put in place from 8pm on Friday to 8pm on Sunday in response to residents’ complaints.

It covered Centenary Way, Chalk Lane, King John Bank, East Bank and Gunthorpe Road.

The dispersal notice was authorised under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Insp Tyner said: “This new law replaced many of the previous dispersal powers.

“The new law means that, while the notice is in place, a police officer can require a person committing or likely to commit anti-social behaviour, crime or disorder to leave the area for up to 48 hours.”

Raves have also been held at farms around the village.