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Police dog patrols at Cumbrian music festival

Kendal Calling 2017 Photo: Kendal Calling

Police dogs will be patrolling a Cumbrian music festival to clampdown on drug use at the event.

Kendal Calling takes place from Thursday until Sunday at Lowther near Penrith and features acts including The Libertines and Ocean Colour Scene.

Cumbria police say this year's festival will see an increased number of working dogs carrying out patrols.

“We want everyone to have a fun and an enjoyable festival. Months of planning between police, festival organisers, security teams and key agencies have taken place with the safety of attendees always the priority.

“This year, much like last, we have a fantastic team including special constables and our dog section. All our officers and police dogs work tirelessly throughout the week to reduce offending, including the reduction of illegal substances brought in to the site. They are also there to protect the public dealing with incidents such as missing people reports and to keep the peace.

“We will again be providing amnesty bins, which were widely used last year, and we continue to support the attendance of the The Loop front-of-house testing service, which is a great resource that offers an extra level of safeguarding to festival goers."

– Chief Inspector Andy Wilkinson, Cumbria Police