Drugs will not be tolerated say Police at this year’s Isle of Wight festival the strong words come following the deaths of two revellers at the Mutiny festival in Portsmouth.
Tommy Cowan, 20, and 18-year-old Georgia Jones died after falling ill within 20 minutes of each other at Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth. Both of their families have now pleaded that their deaths be a lesson to others.
Police at this years Isle of Wight festival Isle of Wight Festival organisers are taking a “clear and tough stance” on drugs, says Hampshire Constabulary.
The number of offences during the four-day event in 2017 were 41, compared to 85(2016) and 117 in 2015.
As in previous years, effective teamwork between the festival organisers, police and partner agencies has ensured the safety of festival goers at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival.
Officers have been working with the organiser from the planning stages and will be throughout the festival, to keep people safe. Uniformed officers will maintained a visible presence patrolling the outskirts of the festival, engaging with the public to provide safety messages and reassurance, as well as to tackle crime.
Superintendent Simon Dodds said:
“Illegal drugs will not be condoned or tolerated and people suspected of carrying and supplying illegal drugs will be searched.
“This is part of the event security team’s drug disruption plans, including their use of passive drug detection dogs and searches covering points of entry.
“Amnesty bins will be provided by the event organisers in advance of entry points to give people the opportunity to surrender illegal substances.
“Police officers and security staff will be targeting those involved in the supply and possession. You could be arrested, or lose your festival ticket and be banned from the site for the remainder of the weekend.”
Hampshire Constabulary says new psychoactive substances, previously known as ‘legal highs’, remain prohibited. It warns they are now illegal to produce and supply. Nitrous Oxide – known more commonly as “Laughing Gas” or “NOS” fall into this category.
They can be labelled as “air fresheners”, “herbal incense”, “research chemicals”, “plant food”, and “not for human consumption”. They often contain a range of compounds which are rarely consistent, and are different to those advertised on the packet or at the point of sale.