Gottwood 2019: Thank You
Thursday 13 Jun 2019
North Wales Police have hailed the policing operation for Gottwood 2019 a success after 5,000 music fans arrived at Llanfaethlu on Anglesey over the weekend for the annual music festival.
Inspector Llinos Davies, Anglesey District Inspector said: “I’m pleased with the policing and security operation for the event that ensured the safety of those attending this year’s Gottwood Festival.
“Our policing approach was focused on minimising the risk of harm to those that attended the event, and to the local community through targeting the flow of drugs into the festival and ensuring the safety of local road users.
“The event passed without significant intervention from police with a total of 12 arrests, including six on suspicion of supplying drugs and six on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. Fixed penalty notices were also issued for other minor road traffic offences.”
Officers worked closely with event organisers to ensure that it ran safely and smoothly. Festivalgoers were searched by trained staff and drugs amnesty bins were located at the entrance.
A total of 227 amnestied drugs were tested by healthcare volunteers with the support of police with deposits of Crystal MDMA, Ketamine and Cocaine found in the bins, as well as placebo tablets that contained nothing more than cotton flax and food colouring.
Inspector Davies added: “I would like to pass on my gratitude to all my colleagues who policed the event – including British Transport Police, our partners, and the local community for their patience and understanding over the weekend.”
To mark the end of National Volunteers Week, 28 officers from the Special Constabulary carried out over 300 hours of duty at Gottwood Festival.