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By Fiona Reid
Police praise weekend revellers

OVER 50 people were found with drugs at the Eden Festival but police have praised festival fans and Lockerbie Gala guests for generally giving of officers a peaceful weekend.

Both events took place at the weekend, with Eden opening its gates at Raehills last Thursday and campers leaving on Monday morning, while Lockerbie Gala was, as ever, on its usual second Saturday of June.

Festival fans were given an overall thumbs up from police who said that in general those attending were well behaved.

A number of what are de- scribed as minor public order and nuisance offences were dealt with by of cers on duty over the weekend.

And Superintendent Mark Hollis said: “Police worked closely with partners and other emergency services to ensure that the festival was a safe environment for everybody attending.

“As a result of the policing operation, around 53 people were found in possession of illegal drugs and were dealt with accordingly.

“Three people will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for drugs supply offences. The main drug seized was cannabis and herbal cannabis.”

Meanwhile, Eden looks set to be even more tranquil next year as festival bosses have pledged to lower the audience numbers from 8000 to 6500 to ensure the festival’s charm and desirability are not compromised.

And over at Lockerbie Gala there were no arrests at all.

Commenting, Sgt Scott McDowall said: “Lockerbie Gala went completely without incident from a policing point of view.

“Officers enjoyed themselves – despite the weather – and there were no issues.”


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