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Sniffer dogs will be out in force at Kendal Calling

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Dogs will, once again, be sniffing out illegal drugs at the region's biggest music festival this weekend.

Kendal Calling, at Lowther deer park near Penrith, will see more than 30,000 people pitch their tents and enjoy four days of entertainment.

The detection animals will be stationed at every gate to search people going in, and out, who may have prohibited substances.

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In 2015, a batch of drugs caused the death of an 18-year-old man from Millom.

Christian Pay was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary with three other people after taking a pill that he thought was ecstasy.

Another four people were taken to hospital just days after Christian's death.

Drugs found at previous Kendal Calling. Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police has issued five top tips for a safe festival:

  • Don’t take valuables on site.
  • Only bring drugs medically prescribed to you onto site and carry your prescriptions in case you are searched.
  • If you see anything suspicious or feel uncomfortable on site report it to an officer or event security.
  • Bring an old mobile phone and a charging pod - there are also charging bays on site.
  • Arrange a rendezvous site each night with your friends, and make sure you all get back to your tents safely.

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All our officers, staff and police dogs work tirelessly throughout the festival to help attendees have a brilliant festival, 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. Every year we have a fantastic team of Special Constables, PCSOs, Constables and our dog section."

– Superintendent and Kendal Calling Police Gold Command, Justin Bibby

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The festival is due to start on 24 July until 28 July.