Fewer Crimes At GlobalGathering

31 July 2012 12:19

Fewer Crimes At GlobalGathering

More than 550 people were searched by police on suspicion of drugs related offences at this year’s GlobalGathering at Long Marston near Stratford with around 180 people being found in possession of drugs.

Although more searches were carried out this year, the number of people found with drugs on them was less than in previous years and police issued 139 cautions, which although they do not require a court appearance, are still registered as a criminal offence on your police record.

A further 34 people received warnings for possession of drugs.

Two people were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply. They have been bailed pending further enquiries.

(Last year 157 people received cautions and 85 received warnings for drugs related matters and ten people were arrested for drugs trafficking offences)

“The numbers of people arrested for drugs related crimes at GlobalGathering this year was down on previous years and people seemed to be taking advantage of the amnesty bins which were located at the entrances, before the search area.” Said Superintendent Martin Samuel, one of the officers in charge of the policing operation for this year’s GlobalGathering.

Other crimes reported at GlobalGathering included 12 vehicle related crimes, including the theft of two vehicles from the festival car parks, 24 reports of theft of property such as phones and wallets, from individuals and 63 other reports of theft of property, mostly from camp site tents. Two people reported having their tents stolen.

Police are investigating one report of sexual assault against a female and are also treating as unexplained, the death of a 24-year old male, who was found unconscious in his tent by one of his friends on Saturday afternoon.

Despite attempts to resuscitate him by paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service, he was declared dead. A post mortem examination will be held to establish the cause of his death.

During the festival police and the organisers of the GlobalGathering, Angel Festivals Ltd, also became concerned when a substance known as “Dr Death”, or “Yellow Chicken” which also goes under the name of PMA or PPMA, was found in one of the amnesty bins placed near the entrance to the festival. There were fears that quantities of the drug could have got onto the festival site.

The substance is a “NED”, a newly emerging drug or a “legal high” as they have previously been referred to, and can be fatal, especially if mixed with alcohol. Police and the event organisers distributed posters throughout the festival site to warn festival goers of the dangers and also tweeted information and used electronic display boards to circulate the warning.

Superintendent Martin Samuel said,

“GlobalGathering is like having a small town in place for three days.

“With 40,000 people attending the festival, there was some crime, but this was less than in previous years.

“Sadly we also had the death of one of the people attending the festival. A Post Mortem examination is yet to take place, but we are treating his death as unexplained.

“Due to the fine weather on Friday people started arriving at the festival site very early. There was some traffic congestion in Stratford and tailbacks onto the A46 and M40, but this was mostly because people were using their Sat Navs to travel to Long Marston, rather than following the route signs for GlobalGathering, which had been put up and which would have taken them around Stratford rather than through it.

“As soon as we became aware of the problem we issued travel advice via the radio and tweeted information advising people to follow the signage rather using their Sat Navs.”


Kate Turner

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