Serious assault as man stabbed at festival

Wickerman Festival 2013
Wickerman Festival 2013

Police have reported that a man suffered serious slash wounds to his head in the early hours of Sunday during the Wickerman Festival.

With a record crowd just shy of 20,000 gathering at the annual music event near Kirkcudbright, police had been quick to praise attendees for their good behaviour but have since reported that the 44-year old man was assaulted at around 12.25am, following the burning of the giant wicker man.

They have also confirmed that two teenagers have been reported for setting off flares in the crowd during the burning.

A police spokesman added that a number of traders were removed from the site for breaching conditions covering the sale of legal highs, and one person was arrested for being concerned in the supply of illegal drugs. A further 65 people were reported for alleged possession.

Chief Superintendent Alan Speirs said; “This is the first time the Wickerman Festival has taken place since the formation of Police Scotland. Working with the organisers and our partners in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, we developed a policing plan that once again focussed upon keeping people safe. We also put into practice lessons learned from other festivals around the UK. Local officers worked hard to continue to deliver a community policing style and the low number of arrests speaks volumes about the behaviour of the majority of festival goers.”

People driving off the site on Sunday were offered the opportunity to take a voluntary breath test. More than three hundred drivers volunteered.