Police gearing up for weekend at Wickerman

Around 20,000 people take to the site over the weekend.
Around 20,000 people take to the site over the weekend.

Police are warning Wickerman revellers heading to Dundrennan this weekend to be aware of the huge emergency service presence throughout the music festival.

Inspector Amanda Scott, Event Planner for The Wickerman said: “The organisers, the emergency services and the many agencies involved have packed in a power of work within months of extensive planning to deliver what will be another world class festival. It is a true team effort.

“The Wickerman is a landmark event that has been built on years of the experience, know-how and good-old fashioned hard work of everyone concerned. Some of our officers and staff have played a part at The Wickerman since its early beginnings and from a policing perspective, events of this magnitude will bring their own set of challenges but it is a rewarding and enjoyable experience for those involved.

“This is the first year that Police Scotland is responsible for the policing of the event and we welcome the input from officers and staff who are having their first Wickerman experience. But it is fair to say that the majority of officers and staff are from Dumfries and Galloway Division (formerly Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary) and our approach of local community style policing at the event continues.

“Police officers will be operating within all areas of the venue. They are available to you so please take the opportunity to speak with them, particularly if you have any queries or concerns.

“Our priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of our communities, including the community that gathers for the weekend at The Wickerman. We want people to have fun and enjoy what is sure to be another excellent festival but at the same time we want them to look after themselves, have respect for others and be mindful that what is against the law in Scotland is also against the law within any festival venue in Scotland.”

Police Scotland adopts the same pro-active approach to the dealing and misuse of drugs across the country, no matter where it happens and no matter what the occasion or venue. Police Scotland will take action against drugs dealers and drugs misuse.

Public warnings have been issued recently in relation to the dangers of taking ecstasy, or indeed tablets being passed off as ecstasy. Likewise, legal highs are dangerous and are not permitted at The Wickerman. Drugs will not be tolerated and anyone caught dealing or carrying drugs will be arrested. Police Scotland’s specialist drugs dogs will also be operating.

If you have information regarding drug misuse or dealing call Police Scotland on 101, or pass information anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.You can follow The Wickerman on Facebook and Twitter on – www.facebook.com/wickermanfestival and www.twitter/wickermanfest

Police Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Division will also be updating its own official social media channels with relevant news and information – Facebook – www.facebook.com/dumfriesandgallowayconstabulary and Twitter - @GallowayPolice