Police praise festival-goers for low crime

Police have praised festival-goers at Wickerman Festival, following a low number of arrests at the event.

A record 18,000 people attended the Scottish event, which saw one man arrested in connection with the supply of drugs and a further 65 people were reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with the possession of drugs.

Police Scotland said they had put into practice lessons learned from other festivals.

A 44-year-old man suffered a serious wound to his head after being assaulted on site on July 27.

Ch Supt Alan Speirs said: “Local officers worked hard to continue to deliver a community policing style, and the low number of arrests speaks volumes about the behaviour of the majority of festival goers.”

No drugs supply offences were detected at last year’s event, but 38 people were found in possession of illegal substances.

Similar to last year, many drivers took a voluntary breathalyser test to check on their fitness to drive when leaving the event.

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