Nine men in court over illegal rave

PUBLISHED: 15:20 14 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:24 31 May 2010

NINE men facing violent disorder charges relating to the illegal rave in Great Chesterford in August 2006 are to stand trial in Crown Court in May. The men are believed to have taken part in a violent clash between up to 800 partygoers and 400 police offi

NINE men facing violent disorder charges relating to the illegal rave in Great Chesterford in August 2006 are to stand trial in Crown Court in May.

The men are believed to have taken part in a violent clash between up to 800 partygoers and 400 police officers. More than 60 officers were injured when police attempted to shut down the party, held on farmland on the night of Saturday August 26.

Violent disorder is an either-way offence, meaning it can be dealt with by magistrates or sent on to Crown Court, where tougher penalties are possible.

On Friday, magistrates in Chelmsford opted to commit the nine men to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Simon Newell, prosecuting, said: "These offences need to be dealt with in crown court. They stem from an illegal rave held on private farmland, without the owner's permission, attended by between 600 and 800 revellers.

"Four-hundred police officers attended to break up the event, and 64 of them were injured in the subsequent fracas. Some of the people believed to have been responsible were arrested at the scene, some were caught after police photography had been studied, and some through a Crimewatch appeal."

The nine men are: Daniel Goff, 22, of Great Dunham, King's Lynn; Andrew King, 40, of Colchester; Joshua Mills, 20, of Cavenham, Suffolk; James Layton, 25, of Leighton Buzzard; Casey Waters, 23, also of Leighton Buzzard; Lewis Daniels, 22, of Raveningham; Lee Hills, 18, of Biggleswade; Greg Field, 18, of Wyboston; and Steven Jenkin, 21, of Baldock.

None of the men entered a plea. They were released on unconditional bail and will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on May 9.

Police have charged three more men with violent disorder following the rave in Great Chesterford in August 2006.

Michael Webster, from Thetford, and Peter Ralph, from Ipswich, also faced magistrates in Chelmsford on Friday and were released on bail to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on May 9.

A 12th man has also since been charged. The 26-year-old, from Thame near Aylesbury, will face magistrates in Chelmsford on Wednesday (March 19).

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