Police seize £175,000 of drugs at Bestival

Bestival, as seen by the police helicopter Picture: Police Helicopter/NPAS Bournemouth
Bestival, as seen by the police helicopter Picture: Police Helicopter/NPAS Bournemouth

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DRUGS worth £175,000 were seized from festival-goers at Bestival this weekend.

Police say £62,518-worth of the drugs and psychoactive substances were placed in amnesty bins.

They have also reported stopping a Ford Transit van coming off the ferry at Fishbourne on Thursday that contained £14,000 worth of NoS (nitrous oxide) canisters.

However, police said the first crime figures for the music festival, which was held on the Isle of Wight, were comparable with previous years at the event.

The figures show that a total of 202 crimes were reported to Hampshire Constabulary – an increase of 20 crimes on last year.

Police said this was primarily attributed to 106 thefts from tents, an increase of 31 from last year.

Three people were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply under the new psychoactive substances legislation. Two men aged 23 and 27 from London have been bailed until December 1 pending further enquiries. A third man has been released and will face no further action.

Thirteen assaults were reported, none of which led to serious injury.

Twelve assaults were reported last year.

Superintendent Andy Houghton, police commander at Bestival, said: ‘We worked closely with organisers and partner agencies to keep all those attending safe, and the initial figures compiled on Sunday show our operations onsite were successful.’