Over Sixty Drugs Arrests At V Festival

18 August 2014, 14:48 | Updated: 18 August 2014, 17:41

More than 60 people have been arrested at the festival in Chelmsford, either for having or trying to sell drugs.

Essex Police said they had a zero tolerance approach to drugs and legal highs at the event.

It says the majority of drugs arrests were a result of having sniffer dogs at the entrance to the venue.

A total of 72 people were arrested at V Festival over the weekend.

Seven people were arrested for selling laughing gas.

Policing Commander, Chief Supt Simon Williams, said: "I’m really pleased with the great work from all our officers who have been liaising with the V-Festival organisers to make sure this brilliant event was both safe and enjoyable.

"The work of our drugs dogs in sniffing out those in supplying drugs has once again proven to be a successful tactic. The dogs were also a great hit with the festival-goers, many who stopped to stroke the dogs and engage with officers.”

"We would like to thank the festival-goers for taking note of our crime prevention advice and hope that they enjoyed the weekend. We would urge people to be mindful of their alcohol limits if they are going to drive home at the end of today or in the morning and be patient as the roads will be busy after the festival ends.

"If you have been a victim of crime, please do report it to us by calling 101.”