Cheshire Police urged Creamfields North festival goers this weekend to leave any drugs or weapons in the amnesty bins before entering the venue.
In a stern warning, police said anyone who comes across banned items at the festival without disposing of them risks “life-changing consequences”.
Cheshire Police Superintendent Sarah Heath said in a statement (via Sky News) that there will be gate searches and sniffer dogs.
Months of planning goes into each year to ensure we are as prepared as possible before Creamfields takes place,” said Heath, “As in previous years, event organizers will have a number of security measures in place, such as pat-downs, before they are granted. entry and presence of anti-drug dogs”.
“There are also amnesty bins at the entry points of the compound for prohibited items and anyone who does not use these bins but is found to be in possession of drugs or weapons will be dealt with. So please think before you act because the decisions they make can have life-changing consequences.”
Heath added: “I must also make it clear that no form of crime will be tolerated and that we will do everything in our power to ensure that the actions of a small minority do not reflect those who are having a good time.”
The lineup includes Calvin Harris, Fatboy Slim, David Guetta, Nina Kraviz, Bicep, Carl Cox, Becky Hill, Sub Focus, Skream, Camelphat and Peggy Gou.
Drug amnesty containers have previously been used at UK events such as Bestival and V festivals, Ascot and The Grand National, and Caribbean carnivals.
Just over 100 crimes were recorded at Creamfields North (the original festival) in 2021, most of which were drug-related, according to the Warrington Guardian, and 29 arrests were made. Essex Police made 16 arrests at the inaugural Creamfields South event in June.
Last month, harm reduction specialists issued a warning after pills tested at the Secret Garden Party were found to contain more than double the amount of MDMA.
The organizers of the masters table informed their attendees that high-powered MDMA was found at this year’s festival.
The UK government was called on last summer to back substance checks at such music events after a report by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee warned of a rise in drug-related deaths.
Following this, Reading & Leeds launched an extensive drug campaign at both of their festivals in 2021.