Zero tolerance at festival

Organisers and police at the Boomtown Fair festival in Winchester took a zero tolerance approach to illegal drugs and tent thieves this year.

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Illegal drugs not welcome at this years Boomtown Fair

Police and organisers at this years Boomtown Fair warned that anyone caught with illegal drugs could face arrest, ejection from the Fair and a subsequent criminal record.

Festival goers were given one last opportunity to avoid arrest by disposing of illegal drugs in amnesty bins before entering the site. Specially trained drug search dogs were deployed at the main entrance gates to search ticket holders as they entered.

Approximately £120,000 worth of drugs were seized over the four day event, 238 persons were dealt with on site for drug related offences and 11 were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply. A total of 82 thefts were reported to police, with the majority being thefts from tents.

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