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Drug & Alcohol Action Team promote safety at Warwickshire festival

The Drug & Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) supported Warwickshire Police with The Recovery Partnership at Global Gathering, Warwickshire’s dance music festival, at Long Marston airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th July.
The Recovery Partnership stand

Six drug and alcohol workers from The Recovery Partnership were present in the festival’s search area to support Police staff and offer help and advice to festival goers about excessive drinking, drugs, harm minimisation and how to keep safe during the two day event.

It was an early start on Friday and a beautiful sunny day – The Recovery Partnership team had set up a stand by 8:00 am. Harm minimisation leaflets were available as well as condoms and sweets to lure festival goers into chatting about staying safe.

As the first visitors arrived to set up camp in the sunshine the team were ready and prepared to offer advice from drugs to keeping hydrated and applying sun cream.

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Officers from Cheshire police were on site to share best practice from Creamfields dance music festival, held on August Bank Holiday weekend, which faces similar drugs issues.

Visitors to the festival were given the opportunity to dispose of any drugs into ‘amnesty bins’ as they arrived on site without fear of prosecution, but if they chose to ignore the bins and were caught by Police or dogs they risked being issued a caution, a warning or being arrested.

Amnesty bin

The amnesty bins were checked regularly and emptied for analysis by The Home Office throughout the weekend – contents included Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) and a quantity of ‘green apple’ tablets which have been linked to deaths at other festivals.

Warwickshire Police were connecting with festival goers via Twitter (@WP_GlobalCops) before, during and after the event. Their dedication to putting the safety of visitors first did not go unnoticed – their diplomatic, approachable and good fun approach to communications strategy was certainly admirable!

The Recovery Partnership team worked well with partners to run a safer festival, putting the welfare of visitors first.

For more information, or if you’re concerned about drugs or alcohol, visit Warwickshire.gov.uk/drugs

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