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  1. source
    ESSEX Police have arrested a total of 51 people on suspicion of drug offences at V Festival in Chelmsford.

    They say the arrests are the result of pro-active drug operations at Hylands Park, where the music festival was taking place.

    A total of 15 people have been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply, 22 have been arrested on suspicion of possession offences and 14 have been arrested on suspicion of supply offences.

    Five people have been charged, five issued cannabis warnings and 13 have been given cautions.

    No further action has been taken against two of those arrested. The remainder have either been released on bail pending further enquiries until dates in October and November 2012 or are still to be dealt with.

    James Beachey, 27, from Brighton has been charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs (cocaine) and supplying a class A drug. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court on the morning of Monday, August 20.

    Leon McFarlane, 30, of Sawyers Close, Windsor has been charged with possession of a class A drug and remanded in custody to appear before magistrates in Chelmsford on Monday, August 20.

    A 17-year-old boy from Woking in Surrey has been charged with possession of a class B drug (cannabis) and has been bailed to appear at Chelmsford Youth Court on Friday, September 7.

    A 25-year-old man from Clacton has been charged with possession of controlled class B drug (cannabis) and bailed to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on the morning on Wednesday, September 5.

    Another 25-year-old man, Jaymit Amin of Upminster Road South in Rainham, Essex has been charged with possession of controlled class B drug (cannabis) and bailed to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on morning of Monday, August 20.

    East Anglian Daily Times, Sunday, August 19, 2012.


  1. shroooom
    They always spoil the bloody fun. Haven't been to V-Festival for a while, but when I was at Glastonbury last year, they seemed very relaxed once I was inside. You could walk right past a policeman, smoking a spliff and they wouldn't bother turning their head to see where the smell was coming from!
  2. mickey_bee
    ''Originally Posted by source
    Gone are the days when the dealers would walk around the camps trying to sell anybody and everybody their gear... good old times when you could smoke weed wherever you liked and the cops would turn a blind eye, just because it was a 'festival'.
    Ridiculous that festival goers are now arrested and charged with simple cannabis possession. Festivals just aren't festivals anymore.. not only are they too commercial now, but they are also policed far too much with money that would be better off spent elsewhere.....''

    Think it's very dependent on the festival. Larger, more commercial festivals like V and Reading/Leeds, Glastonbury etc seem to be a lot tighter than the smaller festivals.

    The festival I went to a couple of weeks ago (shall remain nameless), was easy going as f*ck. Some security, and a few police at the entrance and a (rubbish)sniffer dog, but then after that just private security guards *occasionally* wandering around. People openly offering MDMA, 2CB, Cocaine, Cannabis, all sorts. And not low quality/overpriced either!

    Just gotta pick your festivals carefully I think. Smaller is better. I don't think the days of the festival semi-drugs-amnesty are really over.
  3. lofty
    I went to the V festival for about 4 years and only saw a couple of police near the gates one or twice but not searching. I gave the festival a break for a copy of years and returned this year.

    Saturday want through the main gate with beers down my shorts, something in my wallet no problems no police.
    Sunday I had plan to take something but changed my mind, went in on the same gate, walked about 20 metres pass the gate and then saw the signs - which couldn't be seen at the gates on the way in - "Essex Police drugs search".

    Glad I sprayed my wallet with deodrant even though I wasn't carry anything. walked pass the dog and about 25 police. Turned the corner more police, more Vans, more dogs in Vans waiting to replace the 1 working dog.
    The toilets were near this crossover where the police were, so when going to the toilet at different times of the day I saw 3 people getting question/caution in the vans.
    My thoughts were 30 police, 4 police vans, 6 - 8 dogs are you really going to make a change?
    Are you stopping kilos entering the country?
    Or are you just ruining a few and I mean a few people weekends.

    Information for others next year it was at the main gate with the shuttles buses, If I go again I'm sending my friend who only drinks, in first.
  4. Emin
    Wow, this is truly sad. Where I'm from, I can fly 45 minutes to my dad's trailer where all the raves/festivals are (I won't name the city because I don't know if that goes against source discussion). There are regular events every weekend with DJs, camping, light shows, and basically an open-air drug market for three days. It's a shame that they would crack down on such an event. I feel like it's a responsible place for people to 'get it out of their system' for lack of a better phrase.

    Funny side story though- My friend works security at events but is also a promoter for the music and production company. His job isn't to harass people and get them in trouble, but rather help them through what they're experiencing. It's a good feeling to be able to trust authority, not fear them. Well, my friend will regularly see people selling drugs and will approach them with the offer of giving up the drugs to security, or getting the police called. Obviously they all give up their substances. Then my friend walks back to me and hands me and almost everyone he can a small portion. It was his way to get rid of 'high-priced' dealers who were there to make profit. Almost like the Robbin Hood of drugs haha.
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