Police disappointed at rise in drug seizures at Rockness festival

Police at this year's Rockness festival said a slight rise in the number of drugs seizures at the event was "disappointing".

Officers said 243 people were found to have drugs on them during the three-day event, up slightly on last year. Cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamines and cannabis were confiscated at the music festival held on the banks of Loch Ness.

However, reported crime at the event, which was attended by about 25,000 people each day, was down slightly in comparison with last year.

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Northern Constabulary said 11 crimes were reported over the weekend, relating to breach of the peace, assault and theft.

Fewer medical incidents needed hospital attention and fewer drug-related medical matters were reported, compared with last year's festival.

Event commander Stevie Mackay said: "On the whole it has been a largely positive event. We had slightly higher numbers of people attempting to take drugs into the event, which is disappointing. But these are still low when looking at the numbers that attended."

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