Dorset Police are increasing their efforts to combat drug use at local music events. This comes after 9,000 pounds of laughing gas was seized at New Forest festival Sound Clash in 2016.
Across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset, there are likely to be around 40 drug related deaths in a year, 700 hospital admissions and during the same time period more than 1,500 crimes linked to drug offences. The figures are from Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset Alcohol and Drug Strategy 2016 – 2020.
Bournemouth is known as one of the most vibrant party towns on the South Coast. With a vast variety of clubs and bars party goers flock to the area.
There has been a recent spike in Ecstasy-linked deaths around the country and it has caused some to question whether police and clubs have got it right and whether more, or less, intervention is required.
PC Andy Scarratt spoke to BUzz on how Dorset Police are tackling drug use on the club scenes particularly targeting the dealers themselves and working closely with the clubs in the town.
Many people associate the drug use with students as it’s a University town, however Scarratt told BUzz students aren’t only the issue “it’s anyone who goes to those venues.” The importance in dealing with drug use in clubs is working closely with the venue and ensuring that regulations are enforced by the venues themselves.
A statement from the manager at Halo nightclub in Bournemouth informed BUzz: “rigorous checks are in place to ensure no drugs are smuggled into the venue. We work on a no ID no entry policy”.
The nightclub also work with a strict drug regulation, if an individual is caught with drugs or attempting to sell drugs their ID will be on file and will not be able to enter the club again.
Bournemouth continues to enjoy its status for clubbing and music – as well as retaining its reputation as ‘the Costa del Sol of England’.