Police urge Creamfields goers to use drug amnesty bins at entrance

Cheshire Constabulary has encouraged people attending the Creamfields North festival this weekend to leave any drugs or weapons in the amnesty bins before entering the venue.

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In a stern warning, police said anyone who brought prohibited items into the festival without throwing them away risked “life-changing consequences”.

Cheshire Police Superintendent Sarah Heath said in a statement (via Sky News) that searches will take place at the entrance and that sniffer dogs will be present.

“Every year it takes months of planning to make sure we’re as prepared as possible before Creamfields takes place,” Heath said. “Just like in previous years, the event organizers will have a series of security measures in place such as searches before being allowed to enter and drug dogs present.

“Amnesty bins are also in place at site entry points for contraband and anyone who does not use these bins but is found to be in possession of drugs or weapons will be dealt with. So I urge you to think before you act, because the decisions you might make could have life-changing consequences.

Calvin Harris and David Guetta perform live. CREDIT: Getty

Heath added: “I must also make it clear that any form of criminality will not be tolerated and we will do everything in our power to ensure that the actions of a small minority do not affect those who are having a good time.”

Artists such as Calvin Harris, Fatboy Slim, David Guetta, Nina Kraviz, Bicep, Carl Cox, Becky Hill, Sub Focus, Skream, Camelphat and Peggy Gou are on the program.

Drug amnesty bins have been used at previous UK events, including Bestival and V, Ascot and The Grand National festivals, and Caribbean carnivals.

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Creamfields 2017. Credit: Charlie Raven / Alamy Stock Photo

Just over 100 crimes were reported at Creamfields North (the original festival) in 2021, most drug-related, according to the Guardian Warrington, with 29 arrests made. Essex Police made 16 arrests at Creamfields South’s inaugural event in June.

Meanwhile, a warning was issued last month by harm reduction specialists The Loop after pills tested at Secret Garden Party were found to contain more than double the amount of MDMA.

Boardmasters organizers recently informed their attendees of the dangerously high MDMA that was discovered on-site at this year’s festival.

Last summer the UK government was urged to support substance checks at such music events after a report by the Select Committee for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) warned against an increase in drug-related deaths.

Reading & Leeds then launched an extensive drug awareness campaign at its twin 2021 festivals.

Jan G. Gilbert