Fewer crimes at Global Gathering dance event popular with Rugby ravers

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A TOTAL of 252 people were questioned in relation to drugs offences at this year’s Global Gathering at Long Marston Airfield last weekend.

Chief Inspector Chris Lewis who was responsible for the policing operation at Global said: “Whilst the majority of the 40,000 people attending the event just wanted to stay safe and have a good time legally, a total of 157 people received cautions or Fixed Penalty Notices for drug possession offences and a further 85 people were issued with warnings for the possession of cannabis. These figures are less than in 2010.

Four of these people worked in notifiable professions such as the medical or teaching professions, which means that we have a duty to inform their employers.

Ten people were arrested for drugs trafficking offences and either released on police bail pending further enquiries or taken into custody. Again this is less than in 2010.

CI Chris Lewis said “Whilst we are pleased that there were fewer crimes reported this year at Global, we continue to be concerned at the number of people found in possession of drugs.

During the event many people were treated for the serious effects of drugs and several people were still being treated in hospital as their friends left the festival to go home.