Police issue legal high warning for V Festival
REVELLERS heading to this weekend’s V Festival have been warned that police will be taking a zero-tolerance policy to “legal high” drugs.
The message comes as tens of thousands of people get ready for the Chelmsford spectacular at Hylands Park.
This year’s headline acts include Kings of Leon, Kasabian and Florence and the Machine, and while most people will be happily rocking out to their tunes, police have warned there will be criminals on the site.
Chief Superintendent Jed Stopher said: “This festival has a reputation for being the safest on the summer calendar and we want to ensure it remains that way so that everybody has a good time.
“The festival has always been a fantastic occasion for both the police and the public.
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“Criminals however are warned that the extensive array of CCTV cameras, covert and overt police patrols, and security guards will combat their actions, with robust measures being taken against them.”
Previous years have seen relatively low levels of crimes but police are warning phones, wallets and purses could be targeted by thieves. Officers are planning to patrol on foot, horseback and on bikes and there will be regular visits to the campsites.
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A spokesman also clarified the police’s position on drugs and so-called legal highs which traditionally have been sold at music festivals.
“There will be no tolerance of drugs, including legal highs and there will be searches upon entry with drugs dogs on site.
“So the message is not to bring drugs with you, or deal, or you could miss the music and spend time in police cells.
“We want to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable festival but do recommend that you take sensible precautions.”
Safety messages from the force will be displayed on the big screens at the site and the police will be using Bluetooth technology to communicate with festival goers.
There are speeding restrictions on the roads surrounding Hylands Park which come into operation at 6am on Thursday, until Monday evening.
The roads will also be closed on the evenings of the concerts to provide extra safety to festival goers.
For more information go to www.essex.police.uk/festivals for advice, travel information and recommendations.