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Amnesty a boost in drugs fight

PUBLISHED: 14:53 21 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

DRUGS worth thousands of pounds were collected near an Essex music festival in a major crackdown by British Transport Police officers from Ipswich.

Revellers heading to the V2001 festival at Chelmsford's Hylands Park over the weekend dropped drugs with a street value of around £4,500 in "amnesty bins" set up at the town's railway station by BTP.

DRUGS worth thousands of pounds were collected near an Essex music festival in a major crackdown by British Transport Police officers from Ipswich.

Revellers heading to the V2001 festival at Chelmsford's Hylands Park over the weekend dropped drugs with a street value of around £4,500 in "amnesty bins" set up at the town's railway station by BTP.

Around 200 tablets of what is believed to be ecstasy were dropped in the bins along with 250 grammes of what is thought to be herbal cannabis.

Posters at the station warned revellers of the drugs crackdown, giving people a chance to dump any drugs in the bins before police dogs sniffed them out.

Officers from BTP bases in London, Southend and Ipswich, took part in the operation which took place at Chelmsford station on Saturday and Sunday as around 60,000 people a day headed to the music festival.

Nine people were cautioned by BTP officers and one person was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug.

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