People arrested at V Fest for selling legal highs

People arrested at V Fest for selling legal highs

People arrested at V Fest for selling legal highs

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SEVENTY-TWO people were arrested at this year’s V Festival in Chelmsford.

Some 53 people were arrested for drug possession, seven for selling legal highs, three for theft and one for assault.

St John’s Ambulance treated 500 people over the weekend with ten taken to hospital.

More than 180,000 attended this year’s event.

Government scientists also attended, to analyse samples of "legal highs", including nitrous oxide, or laughing gas.

Three people at the event's sister site in Staffordshire, required urgent medical help on Saturday after taking blue tablets, known as Blue Ghost.

Chief Insp Jon Haytor from Essex Police said: "No one was arrested for using nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, but a number of arrests were made for supplying so-called legal highs.”

Festival organisers said nitrous oxide and "legal highs" were banned from the event, and any substances found were confiscated.

An Essex Trading Standards spokesman said 10 festival-goers, who were caught with nitrous oxide, were removed from the site.

Equipment, including balloons and gas canisters, was also seized.

Inhaling nitrous oxide is not illegal.

Essex Police said those selling the substance had been arrested on suspicion of administering prescription-only medicine, contrary to the Human Medicines Act 2012.

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6:02pm Mon 18 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Police are Jobsworth Twaats wrote:
How can you be arrested when it's legal. What offence is being committed? Typical police, going for easy arrests to make their statistics looks good.
You're here legally, yet being a scumbag you are arrestable..
[quote][p][bold]Police are Jobsworth Twaats[/bold] wrote: How can you be arrested when it's legal. What offence is being committed? Typical police, going for easy arrests to make their statistics looks good.[/p][/quote]You're here legally, yet being a scumbag you are arrestable.. sesibollox
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6:20pm Mon 18 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

16 weeks till Christmas, and those druggies can do it all over again...
16 weeks till Christmas, and those druggies can do it all over again... sesibollox
  • Score: -4

7:25pm Mon 18 Aug 14

profondo asbo says...

64 was the goal seek number for essex police to reach its target. doing the minimum as per usual. a proper shakedown would have led to thousands of arrests.
64 was the goal seek number for essex police to reach its target. doing the minimum as per usual. a proper shakedown would have led to thousands of arrests. profondo asbo
  • Score: -3

9:50pm Mon 18 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

profondo asbo wrote:
64 was the goal seek number for essex police to reach its target. doing the minimum as per usual. a proper shakedown would have led to thousands of arrests.
Probably selective and rightly so, not all need to be done, those with attitude and bad ethics, always go to the front of the queue.
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: 64 was the goal seek number for essex police to reach its target. doing the minimum as per usual. a proper shakedown would have led to thousands of arrests.[/p][/quote]Probably selective and rightly so, not all need to be done, those with attitude and bad ethics, always go to the front of the queue. sesibollox
  • Score: 4

12:28am Tue 19 Aug 14

donttellanyone says...

If I was arrested for having legal highs I think the police would have one hell of a legal case on their hands. I don't agree with legal highs but how are they allowed to arrest people when it breaks no laws.
If I was arrested for having legal highs I think the police would have one hell of a legal case on their hands. I don't agree with legal highs but how are they allowed to arrest people when it breaks no laws. donttellanyone
  • Score: 7

8:12am Tue 19 Aug 14

Gavin2z says...

So our police take action against people doing something which is not illegal but do nothing against the "travellers" breaking into private property!
Always the easy option.
So our police take action against people doing something which is not illegal but do nothing against the "travellers" breaking into private property! Always the easy option. Gavin2z
  • Score: 1

8:19am Tue 19 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

"No one was arrested for using nitrous oxide, or laughing gas"...... I should think not, it's none of their bl00dy business !
"No one was arrested for using nitrous oxide, or laughing gas"...... I should think not, it's none of their bl00dy business ! pembury53
  • Score: 0

12:46pm Tue 19 Aug 14

catflap1 says...

Nitrous oxide is not illegal to possess, but this doesn’t mean that it is safe to use. It is illegal, in England and Wales, for anyone to sell nitrous oxide to people under-18, if they think they’re likely to be inhaling the nitrous oxide.
Nitrous oxide is not illegal to possess, but this doesn’t mean that it is safe to use. It is illegal, in England and Wales, for anyone to sell nitrous oxide to people under-18, if they think they’re likely to be inhaling the nitrous oxide. catflap1
  • Score: 1

8:29pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Suffolkcommuter says...

I took some of these legal highs. Then I went to the doctor thinking I was a moth.

I wouldn't have bothered him but I noticed his light was on
I took some of these legal highs. Then I went to the doctor thinking I was a moth. I wouldn't have bothered him but I noticed his light was on Suffolkcommuter
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8:30pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Suffolkcommuter says...

I took some of these legal highs, then went to the doctor as I thought I was a moth.

I wouldn't have bothered the doctor but I noticed his light was on.
I took some of these legal highs, then went to the doctor as I thought I was a moth. I wouldn't have bothered the doctor but I noticed his light was on. Suffolkcommuter
  • Score: -1

8:31pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Suffolkcommuter says...

see how crazy they made me...I am posting in duplicate
see how crazy they made me...I am posting in duplicate Suffolkcommuter
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10:42pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Julie Ann Campbell-Vencarto says...

Some absolutely awful comments above, with no foresight for others who are suffering like me. I lost my sister in law 10 years ago she was 33 years old to this scourge. The stupid and silly people she was hanging around with in Chelsea were unimaginable, a beautiful born and bred Colchester Girl now brought back to the cemetery laid to rest.
Anyone who wants to have a laugh or a serious moment of reflection, ought to go and see her grave ! My son 18 years old last year, three weeks after his birthday, was knob bled as a joke at a party or get together, it appears that he has this deadly gene in his system, any exposure to illicit substances, renders instant medium term temporary brain damage. The cost to the NHS is unfathomable, He came home one day and collapsed on the floor where his system completely failed. The scenes that my husband and I witnessed over the last 18 months were out of a movie script. 15 GCSE's down the toilet, all down to a handful of greedy, jealous, selfish, stupid individuals, who also call themselves associates of the Roman Catholic Church in Colchester. We have finally received some signs of improvement but its been a long haul. Our Police have been totally useless and that is "a very sad remark" to make, this was also the case in London where the other parties involved, should have received jail terms for their involvement in the death of Sophia my sister in law. The law and the system in place is farcical, some of these drugs especially the artificially created legal highs are untested, there have been no trials on this stuff. As for cannaboid and THC levels, these plants are now being manipulated with hydroponic cultivation and all sorts of potions are being used in the water pumping cycle, which changes the make up of the plant, this is changing the end product into a dangerous unquantifiable state. As for the drug barons and those profiting from the illegal trade in drugs, it has all been said before and nothing appears to be achieved here we seem powerless, apart from this catch a few and then up pops another 100 dealers in the situation. Laugh as much as you want, go on supporting
this devious practise, that is killing hundreds of thousands of people. Living like this is not the right way, it is not achieving anything productive to our lives. I cannot understand why we are pretending to be something else, by taking substances like this. Once these drugs are worn off, we return to who we originally are. Maybe it is some type of karma or destiny I do not know. All I do know is that some people out there are making a lot of money out of this, at the expense of others. People are now using drugs as a weapon against others, including those closest to them or in their folds. That one tablet or single shot of stuff can be a life changing gamble, that may not have been a choice you have made.
My message to the dealers and those who profit form this, enjoy your lifestyle, your fancy watches, cars and all the other trappings. I hope that one day some force comes along and exposes you to the justice that should be dealt out, or at least you experience some of the pain we have had. PS: I have rubbish broadband where we live at 1 MB the typescript judders as I am writing:

I also offer this quote, in respectful memoriam to Leah Betts RIP+
Some absolutely awful comments above, with no foresight for others who are suffering like me. I lost my sister in law 10 years ago she was 33 years old to this scourge. The stupid and silly people she was hanging around with in Chelsea were unimaginable, a beautiful born and bred Colchester Girl now brought back to the cemetery laid to rest. Anyone who wants to have a laugh or a serious moment of reflection, ought to go and see her grave ! My son 18 years old last year, three weeks after his birthday, was knob bled as a joke at a party or get together, it appears that he has this deadly gene in his system, any exposure to illicit substances, renders instant medium term temporary brain damage. The cost to the NHS is unfathomable, He came home one day and collapsed on the floor where his system completely failed. The scenes that my husband and I witnessed over the last 18 months were out of a movie script. 15 GCSE's down the toilet, all down to a handful of greedy, jealous, selfish, stupid individuals, who also call themselves associates of the Roman Catholic Church in Colchester. We have finally received some signs of improvement but its been a long haul. Our Police have been totally useless and that is "a very sad remark" to make, this was also the case in London where the other parties involved, should have received jail terms for their involvement in the death of Sophia my sister in law. The law and the system in place is farcical, some of these drugs especially the artificially created legal highs are untested, there have been no trials on this stuff. As for cannaboid and THC levels, these plants are now being manipulated with hydroponic cultivation and all sorts of potions are being used in the water pumping cycle, which changes the make up of the plant, this is changing the end product into a dangerous unquantifiable state. As for the drug barons and those profiting from the illegal trade in drugs, it has all been said before and nothing appears to be achieved here we seem powerless, apart from this catch a few and then up pops another 100 dealers in the situation. Laugh as much as you want, go on supporting this devious practise, that is killing hundreds of thousands of people. Living like this is not the right way, it is not achieving anything productive to our lives. I cannot understand why we are pretending to be something else, by taking substances like this. Once these drugs are worn off, we return to who we originally are. Maybe it is some type of karma or destiny I do not know. All I do know is that some people out there are making a lot of money out of this, at the expense of others. People are now using drugs as a weapon against others, including those closest to them or in their folds. That one tablet or single shot of stuff can be a life changing gamble, that may not have been a choice you have made. My message to the dealers and those who profit form this, enjoy your lifestyle, your fancy watches, cars and all the other trappings. I hope that one day some force comes along and exposes you to the justice that should be dealt out, or at least you experience some of the pain we have had. PS: I have rubbish broadband where we live at 1 MB the typescript judders as I am writing: I also offer this quote, in respectful memoriam to Leah Betts RIP+ Julie Ann Campbell-Vencarto
  • Score: 1

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