Grantham court: Twyford Woods raver was ‘zoned out’ meditating when police made tannoy order

Image of the illegal rave at Twyford Woods in May.
Image of the illegal rave at Twyford Woods in May.
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A Norfolk man claimed he did not hear the police tannoy ordering ravers to leave Twyford Woods, because he was in a tent meditating.

Nicholas Wall, 29, of Laburnum Close, Wymondham, Norfolk, appeared before Grantham magistrates on Monday and pleaded guilty to failing to leave land after a direction under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act on May 24.

He also admitted a charge of possessing a wrap of cocaine while at the rave in Twyford Woods near Colsterworth.

Prosecutor Daniel Pietryka outlined how after hundreds attended the illegal rave over the late May bank holiday weekend, they used a tannoy to order everyone to leave the area.

Yet two-and-a-half hours after making this announcement, they found the defendant still there in a car. Drugs were also found on Wall which he admitted to be cocaine and said he had purchased while at the rave for £50.

Sonia Bhalla, defending, higlighted that Wall suffers from hypermanic behaviour and receives support from his local mental health team.

She explained that as a vulnerable adult, her client was very much reliant on the care of his friend who also drove Wall and others to the rave. When asked why he didn’t hear the police tannoy, he told Miss Bhalla that it was because at the time a group of them were meditating using crystals in a tent and were ‘in the zone, completely zoned out from anything else’.

After police then informed them that they had 20 minutes to leave, Wall didn’t know what to do due to his friend and driver also being under the influence and having parked their car up while he tried to sleep it off.

Consequently, Wall was found by police in this car after they should have vacated the area. He was also described as being in a manic state at the time, aggravated by the drugs.

Miss Bhalla provided magistrates with medical letters and character references on Wall, and added that he had been doing a lot of good work to help others within his local community.

For the possession of class A drugs, Wall must pay a £70 fine, a £180 criminal court charge, £85 in prosecution costs, and a £20 victim surcharge. No separate penalty was made for the failure to leave land, and the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs was ordered.