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DRUGS with a street value of more than £430,000 were seized from festivals on the Isle of Wight in the last four years, figures show.

Bestival and the Isle of Wight Festival were last year in the top three for drugs seized.

Of the £101,000 of drugs seized at 10 UK festivals, £18,478 worth was at Bestival and £27,400 worth was from Isle of Wight festival-goers. They were mainly cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis.

Glastonbury topped the list of 10 festivals investigated with £44,868 of drugs seized.

However drugs seizures at Isle of Wight festivals have dropped since 2009 when police found £123,608 worth on people at Bestival and £71,183 worth on Isle of Wight Festival goers.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘Illegal drugs use will not be tolerated at island festivals, which have a relaxed, family-friendly reputation with low levels of crime.

‘Experienced specialist officers and drugs dogs are on duty at entrances to the event as part of a dedicated police operation agreed in advance with festival promoters. Officers have the right to search anyone suspected of being in possession of drugs.

‘Anybody arrested on suspicion of supplying illegal drugs is not allowed into the arena again as they breach a condition of entry.’

Other festivals investigated were Download, Reading and Leeds, Sonisphere, V Festival, Wireless and Womad.