Legal highs to be banned from Wickerman festival

People found with so-called “legal highs” at the Wickerman festival could be removed from the site, police have warned.
Substances including laughing gas and poppers will be banned from the site in Dumfries and Galloway.
The warning came ahead of the festival opening on Thursday afternoon.

Police Scotland urged revellers to “have fun, but to keep themselves safe” at the event, which finishes on Saturday night.

About 15,000 people are expected at the festival at East Kirkcarswell Farm, Dundrennan over the weekend.

Event planner Inspector Stuart Davidson said: “Our priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of our communities, including the community that gathers for the weekend at The Wickerman.

“At the same time we want them to look after themselves, have respect for others and be mindful that what is against the law in Scotland is also against the law within any festival venue in Scotland.”

‘Very dangerous’
He said anyone caught dealing or carrying drugs would be arrested and said a specialist drugs dog would also be on site.

Last year 20 music festivals, including T in the Park and Belladrum, banned the sale of legal highs by traders at their events.

DC Scott Jardine, Police Scotland’s local drugs misuse co-ordinator, confirmed that Wickerman organisers would also enforce a ban.

“Should you be in possession of these, a police officer or a steward will ask for that substance,” he said.

“Should you refuse you could be evicted from the site because these substances can be very, very dangerous if used inappropriately.”
It is one of series of safety tips issued to people attending the Wickerman Festival by the force.

The Waterboys, Lulu, Example and Tom Odell are among the artists set to perform.

Legal highs to be banned from Wickerman festival_84428182_7e4455f9-93b1-489f-bb40-110003a67fdb.jpgPeople found with so-called “legal highs” at the Wickerman festival could be removed from the site, police warn.


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