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Police crack down on drugs at Winchester music festival
12:26pm Tuesday 13th August 2013 in News
POLICE have cracked down on drug use at a Winchester music festival.
Officers at last weekend's Boomtown Fair seized around £120,000 worth of drugs and arrested 11 people on suspicion of possession with intent to supply, dealing with 238 more people for drugs offences.
At last year's festival, an estimated £123,000 worth of drugs were seized, 121 people were dealt with for possession offences and 26 were arrested.
Amnesty bins were in place for revellers to dispose of drugs before entering the site while specially-trained search dogs were deployed to search people at the main entrance.
Superintendent James Fulton, police silver commander for the event at the Matterley Estate, said: “We hope this has sent out a clear message that drugs aren't welcome at Boomtown, and shown those who are tempted to take drugs into future festivals that it isn’t worth the risk of landing yourself a criminal record that will stay with you forever."
Meanwhile 82 thefts were reported, mainly from tents, with police patrolling the campsite using horses from Thames Valley Police’s mounted unit.
- Three people have been charged in connection with theft incidents at Boomtown.
Charander Landa, aged 20, from Clifford Street, Southampton and Trevor O’Neill, aged 18, from Lamberhurst Close in Southampton have been charged with seven theft offences.
Nineteen-year-old James Poole from Bishopstone, Salisbury has been charged with seven theft offences and possession of a Class A drug.
They were all due to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates Court on Monday, August 12.
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