Six UK music festivals are to allow drug testing…

West Yorkshire Police assistant chief constable Andy Battle, who leads the policing operation at Leeds, said they were “looking at the possibility of supporting the festival’s organisers”. “We can never condone the use of illegal drugs, but we recognise that some people will continue to take them and we need to adapt our approach in the interests of public safety.”

“We talked about it during the summer of last year and the reality is that I took a decision that unless and until the National Police Chiefs’ Council supported the principle of it, it was difficult for us to move forward on it.” “It’s taken a long time and it won’t be at every festival, but where we think there is a need to do it we will be doing it.” Around 200 people tested their illegal drugs at the Secret Garden Party in Cambridgeshire. Founder of the organisation, Fiona Measham from Durham University, said the scheme’s expansion was “radical”. “It’s really exciting that police are prioritising health and safety over criminal justice at festivals,” she said.

Original Article (BBC):
Six UK music festivals are to allow drug testing including Reading and Leeds
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