Police happy with Splendour crowds

Police have praised festival-goers for good behaviour during Splendour in the Grass across the weekend.

More than 30,000 people attended the festival each day between Friday and Sunda ywhich included around 17,500 ticketholders camping on site.

Police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command say they launched a five-day high-visibility policing operation from Wednesday in an attempt to ensure the event was safe and to minimise the impact on the local community.


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As a result of the drug-dog operation, 271 people were detected in possession of illegal drugs, including cannabis, MDMA, speed, ice and cocaine.

Police issued 87 cannabis cautions and 89 court attendance notices. In addition, a number of people were arrested and charged during the event in relation to assault, drink-driving, trespass and domestic violence.

Tweed/Byron Local Area Commander, Superintendent Stuart Wilkins, said he was pleased the majority of festival-goers heeded police warnings and enjoyed the weekend safely.

“Police work closely with Splendour organisers to ensure the festival is safe and fun, and we are pleased the overwhelming majority were well-behaved all weekend,” Supt Wilkins said.

“Unfortunately, there were still some people who ignored our advice and tried to bring illegal drugs past the drug-detection dogs and through the gates.

“In most cases, charges were laid against people who did the wrong thing and they will now be brought before the courts.

“Police aren’t there to spoil anyone’s fun, but anyone who chooses to break the law or behave dangerously, will be stopped in their tracks,” Supt Wilkins.

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