Boardmasters 2017

Around 50,000 people attended Boardmasters music festival at Watergate Bay this year and officers worked closely with festival organisers to ensure people were kept safe throughout the event.

Additional officers were seen on foot patrols in the town centre and at the Watergate Bay festival site. Our Police Drones Unit also assisted (picture attached) along with the deploying of our armed officers at the festival for the first time to reassure the public.

This year, 46 thefts from tents were reported, which is a significant reduction from the 70 reported during 2016.

Police Commander for East Cornwall Superintendent Drummond-Smith said: “Sadly at festivals of this size there are always some opportunistic thieves but given the size of the crowd, the number of thefts was relatively low.”

A proactive roads policing operation called Operation Allied Wolf took place in the first two days of the festival: a man from Manchester was travelling to the festival and was stopped by police close by, where he was found to be wanted for a number of offences in Cheshire. He was arrested and Cheshire police travelled to Newquay to transfer him into their custody.

In total, 99 traffic offences were detected, two were arrested for drug driving and three vehicles were seized for no insurance.

A major proactive anti-drugs operation took place over the weekend with Boardmasters festival staff working closely with the police. In total 20 people, aged from 15-years-old to 50-years-old, were arrested on suspicion of drugs supply offences or money laundering.

Arrests: –

  1. 27 Year old male from London for Drugs Supply
  2. 18 Year old male from Plymouth for Assault.
  3. 40 year old male from London for drugs supply.
  4. 24 year old male from Manchester for drugs supply
  5. 20 year old male from Lyme Regis for drugs supply.
  6. 18 year old male from Porthleven for drugs supply.
  7. 21 year old male from Reading for drugs supply/
  8. 48 year old male from London for drugs supply.
  9. 15 year old male from Camborne for drugs supply.
  10. 50 year old male from London for drugs supply
  11. 31 year old male from London for drugs supply.
  12. 24 year old male from Romford for drugs supply.
  13. 16 year old male from Swansea for drugs supply.
  14. 15 year old male from Swansea for drugs supply.
  15. 22 year old male from reading for drugs supply.
  16. 20 year old male from Egham for drugs supply
  17. 34 year old male from Newquay for drink driving.
  18. 23 year old male from Romford for drugs supply
  19. 23 year old male from London for drugs supply
  20. 17 year old male from Swansesa for drugs supply.
  21. 18 year old male from Egham for drugs supply.
  22. 23 year old male from Erith for drugs supply.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

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