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Charges over illegal rave

Site of the illegal rave

Lincolnshire police say 13 people have now been charged after an illegal rave near Bourne over the weekend. There were multiple arrests at Twyford Woods as officers ended the illegal event. They also confiscated sound equipment and some vehicles.The various charges range from drugs offences to drink driving. 26 people have been released on bail whilst further investigations are carried out.

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New protection for horses in Yorkshire

New laws to clamp down on people illegally abandoning horses come into force today, improving horse welfare standards in Yorkshire and across the country.

The Control of Horses Act 2015 makes changes to the law to deter people from illegally grazing or simply abandoning horses on public and private land, which is known as ‘fly-grazing’.

As many as 500 horses are thought to be illegally fly-grazing in Yorkshire and over 3,000 illegally fly-grazing across the country.

The changes mean horse owners who fly-graze their animals without permission can now be dealt with more quickly and effectively.

Under the previous Animals Act 1971 an abandoned horse could only be disposed of after 14 days through sale at market or public auction. The new Act means fly-grazing horses have to be reported to police within 24 hours, and owners now have four days to claim their animals.

Previously, an abandoned horse could only be disposed of through sale at market or public auction. The new law extends the options for dealing with abandoned horses, which now include private sale, gifting and rehoming.

These changes to the law will give rural communities greater powers to deal with thousands of horses that are left to graze illegally without the landowners’ permission. Horses that are left to fly-graze can now be rehomed much more quickly and effectively, improving the welfare of these animals and preventing disruption to communities. By allowing abandoned horses to be rehomed much more quickly, this act will encourage owners to pay proper attention to their animals’ welfare and ensure communities are no longer blighted by the illegal practice of fly-grazing.

– Minister George Eustice

Police bring illegal rave to an end

Lincolnshire Police have confirmed that they ended the illegal rave at Twyford Woods, near Bourne, last night on health and safety grounds. The operation was carried out during daylight between 7.30pm and 9.15pm. No one was injured.

12 more arrests were made for various offences bringing the total since it began to 28. A number of vehicles have been seized along with sound amplification equipment and generators.

The force closed the A1 during Sunday evening for the police operation. They have apologised to motorists.

We felt it necessary because of our concerns for public safety and the proximity of the illegal event to the A1 and people attempting to return to cars left on the verges of the carriageway.

– Lincolnshire Police

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Illegal rave crowd attack police

Four police officers have been injured - one seriously - after officers came under attack from a large crowd of revellers when they broke up an illegal rave in Lincolnshire last night.

Four Lincolnshire Police officers were injured breaking up an illegal rave near Bourne

Police went to the Twyford Woods area, just off the A1, near Bourne, around midnight, after receiving a call from a member of the public complaining about loud noise and anti-social behaviour.

But when they attempted to break up the gathering they came under attack from the large crowd. Four officers were injured, one seriously but not life-threatening. A police dog was also injured.

Three women from Norfolk were arrested and police seized sound amplification equipment and generators. Police are asking motorists to avoid the roads around Twyford Woods whilst their enquiry continues.

Controversial fracking proposals to be submitted

An energy company is to submit controversial plans for fracking in North Yorkshire to the county's council today.

Parts of the North Yorkshire Moors could be subject to fracking Credit: Press Association

Third energy say they want permission "to hydraulically stimulate and test various geological formations, at the existing Well KM8 at Kirby Misperton".

Samples were taken from the site in 2013 which suggested it was not suitable for drilling, however, samples from deeper sections of the rock produced better results.

The Frack Free Rydale group are planning to protest the move saying that approval could lead to more than 900 wells in the area.

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