Isle of Wight festival-goers warned of legal highs dangers

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POLICE are warning Isle of Wight Festival-goers off taking so called ‘legal highs’ following the death of a teenager at another event.

The sale of legal highs is banned at the festival, which kicks off at Seaclose Park in Newport on Thursday.

Hampshire Constabulary is reminding revellers of the potentially devastating consequences of taking them.

It follows the death of Alex Herriot. The 19-year-old, from Edinburgh, died on June 10 after taking legal high Benzo Fury at RockNess festival near Inverness.

A police spokesman said: ‘Legal does not mean safe. The contents of many legal highs have never been used as drugs before.

‘They have had no tests to show they are safe. Government advice warns that people will increase their risk of death if they combine other substances, drugs or alcohol with any substance that causes a “high”.’

He added: ‘Our clear warning is for people not to experiment by accepting offers of “legal high” drugs before, during or after the festival.’

Specialist officers and drug dogs will be on duty at festival entrances as part of an operation agreed with promoters. Officers have the right to search anyone suspected of possessing drugs.

Amnesty bins will be put in front of checkpoints to give people the chance to surrender illegal drugs.